Hindus are seen favorably in Canada but Muslim symbols like niqab and burqa do not get many thumbs-ups in the country.
Forty-nine percent of Canadians had a favorable opinion of Hinduism in February 2017 as compared to 42% in September 2013, according to Religious Trends public opinion poll conducted by research organization Angus Reid Institute (ARI) and released on April four.
Quebecers having the favorable opinion of Hinduism increased to 50% in 2017, as compared to 32% in 2009; while in rest-of-Canada, it increased from 45% in 2009 to 48% in 2017; poll indicated.
When asked—would it be acceptable or unacceptable to you if one of your children were to marry a Hindu—in February 2017, 54% Canadians said that it would be acceptable, as compared to 37% in September 2013; poll pointed out.
Fifty-seven percent of Canadian Liberal Party members and 54% Millennials (18-34) viewed Hinduism favorably, as compared to 49% of all Canadians; poll added.
Meanwhile distinguished Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in Nevada today, congratulating the Canadian Hindus on climbing higher on the favorable opinion scale; urged them to continue with the traditional values of hard work, higher morals, stress on education, sanctity of marriage, etc.; amidst so many distractions.
There are about 1 billion Hindus in the world today.
However, on Islam and its symbols, the results were not so inspiring. One-in-three Canadians support a person wearing the Niqab (32%) or the Burka (29%), while a strong majority support wearing the Nun’s Habit (88%), Kippah (85%), Turban (77%) or Hijab (75%).
Islam is also viewed unfavorably by almost half of Canadians (46%). In short, Canada still has a long way to go!