Quebec poll: Immigrants seen as threats

May 22, 2009 at 12:28 PM

MONTREAL, May 22 (UPI) -- A growing number of Canadians living in Quebec perceive immigrants to be a threat to their culture, a poll published Friday indicated.

The survey by Leger Marketing for the Association for Canadian Studies found that 40 percent of French-speaking Quebec residents view non-Christian immigrants as a threat to Quebec society, compared with 32 percent in a similar poll in 2007, The Gazette newspaper in Montreal reported.

Among non-French-speaking residents, 32 percent considered immigrants as a threat, down 2 percent from the 2007 poll, the report said.

The age of respondents showed marked differences on the acceptance of Muslim girls wearing hijabs (head scarves) in public schools, the survey showed. Of those 18-24, 56 percent said it should be allowed while among those 55 and over just 30 percent approved of the scarves.

The online poll of 1,003 Quebec residents was conducted May 13-16 and had a margin of error of 3.9 percentage points, the newspaper said.

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