The results of a poll of political and demographic opinion by The Canadian Press and the Angus Reid Institute found Canadians have become more polarized in recent years, with two thirds of Canadians saying the country is in a state of “social disorder” and two-thirds saying the nation is “frightened” of terrorism.
In a poll conducted this week, the Angus Moncton Institute also found more than half of Canadians surveyed believe the country has become more divided over the past year.
And the poll found Canadians’ view of the economy is even worse.
“People’s feelings of safety, security, their livelihoods are in a very precarious situation,” said Tim Powers, the executive director of The Angus Monteron Institute.
“So when we talk about a society where one person gets to do anything, whether it’s to go out and do drugs or go to the movies or to the bank, the rest of us have a really tough job to do to keep that safe.”
The poll was conducted Oct. 5-12 among 1,051 adults living in Canada.
Of those surveyed, 5,764 Canadians said they have been personally affected by terrorism or a terrorist attack.
In addition, the poll also found 58 per cent of Canadians said the government is doing too little to combat terrorism.
“It’s not just the terrorist attacks, it’s a host of other things that are happening in our society, including the criminalization of dissent and the increase in police powers, which is a problem that we haven’t really talked about as a society,” Powers said.
The Angus Reid survey was conducted by telephone and landline from Oct. 2 to 12 among a random sample of 1,001 Canadians.
The margin of error is plus or minus 2.9 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
A breakdown of results is available at www.angusreid.org/pipelines-polls.
“What’s scary about the poll results is that people are more worried about terrorism than they have ever been,” Powers added.
A poll of the Canadian population conducted by Ipsos Reid in July 2016 found a majority (55 per cent) said they would not have any problems with someone committing an act of terrorism in Canada if it were their own family members. “
I think it speaks volumes about the state of society, particularly in the country, that a majority of Canadians don’t want to talk about the threats of terrorism.”
A poll of the Canadian population conducted by Ipsos Reid in July 2016 found a majority (55 per cent) said they would not have any problems with someone committing an act of terrorism in Canada if it were their own family members.
But the poll was based on a survey of 3,000 Canadians and found a plurality (46 per cent), including 57 per cent who said they felt safer from terrorism if they lived in a city with a large Muslim population.
The poll also asked Canadians how they would feel about their country if it was attacked by a terrorist group, and the results were released this week.
The survey found that 42 per cent would have a “great deal” of trouble with someone planning an attack against Canada, while 35 per cent said they wouldn’t be worried, while 10 per cent felt “less worried” about it.
The polling institute also released a poll this week showing two-in-three Canadians support the use of military force to protect Canadian interests.
The results from the poll were released by Ipsas Reid on Monday.
Ahead of this week’s poll, a study commissioned by the Canadian government by the former head of the RCMP said there is an “unacceptable” level of gun violence in Canada, and that gun violence has risen sharply over the last decade.
In the past five years, the study said, Canada’s firearm-related deaths have more than doubled.
“We’ve got a problem of a disproportionate number of people dying because of firearms,” said Mark Scott, an expert on violence and the law at the University of Calgary.
“They’re not a small number of guns.
They’re a large number of firearms, which in this country is a large majority of the population.
We have to address this.”