Here’s how many Canadians believe that Islam, Catholicism and Christianity each do more harm than good to our country

This country is sort of about Catholicism, Islam and Evangelical Christianity. A new poll reveals that Canadians consider several religions to be more harmful than beneficial to society.

An Angus Reid poll began Monday and highlights the fact that Canada’s religiosity is lower than ever. The researchers interviewed 1,290 Canadians who identified as Muslims, Sikhs, Hindus and Jews. Next, they surveyed 1,708 other participants from the general population, including all faith groups.

Which religions are despised?

According to the survey, all religious groups viewed evangelical Christianity as doing more harm than good. Islam was also viewed negatively overall. In turn, survey respondents who identify as Muslims and Christians said they did not feel Canadians accepted their beliefs.

The survey shows that atheists were “extremely critical” of the impact of evangelical Christians on society.

Islamophobia remained a problem in Canada, but now even Christians feel that their beliefs are not “Canadian”. Many point to Quebec’s Bill 21, which prohibits public servants from wearing religious symbols at work.

Were certain religions perceived as positive?

Even atheists had positive things to say about Sikhs and Hindus, the most “privately religious” groups according to the survey results. Perhaps it’s this “keep it to yourself” attitude that’s driving the praise from other bands.

Judaism was also more likely to be seen as a net positive for Canada. Interestingly, Jews viewed Muslims as the only religion (other than Judaism) to be more beneficial to society than harmful. Muslims reciprocated, seeing Judaism as useful, but no more so than Islam.

The survey showed that people who identify as religious are more likely to believe that religion is a net positive for society. 67% of evangelical Christians believe they are forces for good in society. Only 29% of Roman Catholics would say that.

Nearly half of Canadians say religion does as much harm as good. 31% of the general population says the good outweighs the bad.

Is religion disappearing from Canada?

Since 1985, the percentage of religious Canadians has never dropped below 70%. Well, until 2021. According to Statistics Canada, at this point only 68% of Canadians identify with a religion.

A near majority of Canadians are actually “spiritually uncertain,” a term that 46% of people identified with when surveyed. More than half of the Roman Catholic and Protestant population identify as being spiritually uncertain.

Only 19% say they are “non-believers”. Obviously, most people are more comfortable in the gray area.

Note this: some religions are growing rapidly in Canada. At least half of respondents who identify as Muslim, Hindu or Sikh were not born in Canada. According to StatCan, other minority religions like Buddhism thrive on immigration. This led the research body to predict that non-Christian religions will almost double in Canada by 2036.

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Which believers are the most committed?

Only 16% of the general population consider themselves to have high levels of belief and worship. Nearly 75% of evangelical Christians considered themselves to be strongly religiously committed. Half of Muslim respondents do the same.

Sikh and Hindu believers are more likely to be “faithful in private”, having a strong personal connection to their beliefs but being less active in public.

How do demographics affect statistics?

Young Canadians are less likely to be religious. Women are more susceptible.

The Prairie provinces are the most religious in the country. About a quarter of people in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba identify as being very active in worship and belief.

On the other hand, Quebecers are the most likely to forget religion altogether.

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