Attitude toward immigration consistent since 1975

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An Angus Reid report analyzing polling data going back to 1975 shows that throughout that period, around 1 in 4 Canadians have always said they think immigration levels should be decreased, while support for keeping levels the same has tended to be slightly higher. Only about 10 per cent of Canadians have supported increasing the levels during that time.

The 49 per cent who think immigration should be lower is the highest number in the historical data; the second-highest was in 1995, when 45 per cent wanted lower immigration.

The 2018 survey was conducted among 1,500 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum.

Economic immigrants were the most supported group, with 20 per cent of all respondents saying levels should be increased and 32 per cent saying they should be decreased. Conservative voters were the most likely to support increasing this class, with 26 per cent in favour.

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Family class was the least supported group, as just nine per cent of respondents said levels should be increased. In comparison, 18 per cent of respondents said refugee/humanitarian immigration levels should be increased. In both cases, Conservative voters were significantly more opposed than Liberal and NDP voters.

As the asylum seekers stream across the border, this issue will likely generate more of a reaction and will be given oxygen and media attention because this is an election year and asylum seekers have unwittingly become a political issue. -CINEWS

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