A new survey suggests Canadians have a generally positive impression of Muslims, but that view doesn’t apply to some of the religion’s leadership and beliefs.
The poll, commissioned by Think for Actions and Insights Matter, found 78 per cent of Canadians agree Muslims should maintain their religious and cultural practices and adopt Canadian customs and values.
Some 88 per cent of those surveyed say Muslims should be treated no differently than any other Canadian.
But 72 per cent of respondents also think there is an increasing climate of hatred and fear toward Muslims in Canada and it will get worse.
The results of the poll are being released Saturday at The Unity Conference in Calgary to explore Islamophobia, discrimination and systemic racism.
Public perception isn’t all positive with 56 per cent believing Islam suppresses women’s rights.
Dr. Mukarram Ali Zaidi of the University of Calgary lead the study which collected 1084 responses from March 13, 2017 to August 12, 2017.