The Pollcast: Politics and Muslim Canadians

How did Muslim Canadians vote in the last election, and what do they think of the hot-button issues that dominated the campaign? Host Éric Grenier is joined by Keith Neuman, executive director of the Environics Institute, to discuss the findings of his new survey of Muslim Canadians.

Host Éric Grenier is joined by Keith Neuman of the Environics Institute

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau, second left, with dignitaries at the Ahmadiyya Muslim Jama'at Conference during the federal election campaign. (The Canadian Press / Chris Young)

The CBC Pollcast, hosted by CBC poll analyst and ThreeHundredEight.com founder Éric Grenier, explores the world of electoral politics, political polls and the trends they reveal.

Never before has a federal election campaign in Canada focused so much on issues related to Muslim Canadians. But lost in the cacophony of the campaign might have been what Muslim Canadians themselves thought about the roiling debate. 

A new survey by the Environics Institute, however, sheds some light on what Muslim Canadians think about these issues, their religion and the new Liberal government.

In addition to finding that Muslim Canadians are both increasingly patriotic and devout, the survey found high levels of support for the Liberals in the last election, belief in the right for Muslims to wear the niqab at citizenship ceremonies and optimism that the new government will help improve relations between Muslims and other Canadians.

Joining host Éric Grenier to discuss the results of his landmark survey of Muslim Canadians is Keith Neuman, Executive Director of the Environics Institute.

The Environics Institute for Survey Research set out to find out more about Muslims living in Canada. Executive Director Keith Neuman joins us. 20:53

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