A new study conducted exclusively for Global News by Ispos made troubling findings about Canadians and entrenched racism. The detailed study, which polled over one thousand adults living in Canada, asked many difficult questions, and yielded some interesting results regarding how Canadians see racism.
About 47% of Canadians believe that racism is a serious problem, compared to 69% of Canadians in 1992. The survey mentions that visible minorities, who are three times as likely to experience racism, are also twice as likely to say that racism is a serious problem.
Troublingly, almost half of Canadians polled said that having racist thoughts was normal and acceptable, even if few people will voice their prejudices out loud.
The poll revealed that people with the least formal education were the least likely to be tolerant towards others. 40% of Canadians think that immigration is a threat to white Canadians, and people without a high school degree were most likely to voice this belief.
The problem is particularly acute in Quebec. Global News noted that racist stereotypes are more prevalent in the province, where 39% of respondents believed Muslim Canadians favour Shariah.
On average, a little under one third of Canadians believe the abovementioned stereotype, and one fifth believe harmful stereotypes about Jewish people.
These findings correspond with a recent survey done by the Angus Reid Institute, which shows that Quebecers are more likely than other Canadians to find some religious symbols less acceptable than others.
Other studies, too, point to a troubling trend. Statistics Canada has found that, despite record diversity, Canadian "youth aged 15 to 30 are more likely to report that they experienced discrimination."
The last year also saw an increase in racially motivated hate crimes. Police statistics show that hate crimes increased by almost 50% between 2016 and 2017, the most recent available data. The majority of these hate crimes were "motivated by hatred of a religion."
Luckily, though the Ipsos study shows the pervasiveness of racial stereotypes and racism in Canada, it also uncovered that 9 in 10 Canadians have a negative view of racism.
It's unclear how this fits into the narrative above, but it is reassuring to think that we can almost all agree that racism sucks.
To summarize: an Ipsos Poll shows that racist views are more prevalent in Quebec than other provinces.