ARCHIVED – A literature review of Public Opinion Research on Canadian attitudes towards multiculturalism and immigration, 2006-2009
Stuart Soroka (McGill University) and Sarah Roberton (Environics)
The report is a review of publicly-available data on public attitudes relating to multiculturalism and immigration, from 2006 to 2009. We believe that a review of attitudes can play a critical role in policy and program development in these domains. That said, relatively little data on the state of Canadian public opinion on issues of multiculturalism and immigration exists since 2006, and the current state of Canadian opinion on these critical issues has been scarcely explored. There has been some intermittent and partial exploration of these attitudes in various individual commercial and in some academic work, but no systematic review of the public literature on the state of opinion on these issues. The primary purpose of this project is to identify and analyze existing public opinion data on the Canadian public’s attitudes towards multiculturalism and immigration, and review literature that analyzes such data.
The views and opinions expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of Citizenship and Immigration Canada or the Government of Canada.
Table of Contents
- Executive summary
- 1. Research overview
- 2. Canadian attitudes towards multiculturalism and immigration
- 2.1. Support for ethnic/linguistic/religious diversity
- 2.2. Support for minority rights
- 2.3. Support for immigration
- 2.4. Canada in comparative context
- 3. Review and conclusions
- Data sources
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