A majority of Canadians are in support of welcoming more Afghan refugees.

  • Two thirds of Canadians support the Government’s decision to increase the number of eligible refugees from Afghanistan.

December 14, 2021

In response to the rapidly evolving situation in Afghanistan and the tens of thousands of Afghans evacuating their home country, the Government of Canada has indicated a commitment to welcome an increased number of eligible refugees to 40,000 through two main programs. As part of our most recent survey in partnership with the Logit Group, we sought to better understand Canadians’ support/opposition of this initiative.

Results indicate that the majority of Canadians support their Government’s decision to increase the number of eligible refugees from Afghanistan (64% support). Results are generally consistent across the country. That said, opinions vary somewhat by age, with just over half (55%) of residents aged 35 to 54 years supporting the decision, compared to three quarters (77%) of younger residents aged 18-34.

Results reveal that level of education is positively related to the level of support, with over seven in ten (72%) of those with post secondary education expressing support for the Government’s decision regarding refugees. Support also differs based on employment status  with unemployed residents being less likely than others to support the initiative.

Results are from an online survey conducted November 15-17, 2021, with 2,000 Canadians 18 years of age or older from the Logit Group’s Canadian Omnibus. Fielding every month, the Logit Group’s Omnibus surveys Canadians to ask their opinions and behaviours related to topical issues. Results were analyzed by Narrative Research. Data was weighted based on the 2016 Census, by gender, age, and region to reflect population characteristics. As a non-probability sample (i.e., a panel sample where residents have joined a panel to share their opinions), and in accordance with CRIC Public Opinion Research Standards, a margin of error is not applied.

The question included in this press release was the following:

Given the current situation in Afghanistan, the Government of Canada has recently announced a special humanitarian program to increase the number of eligible refugees from that country. To what extent do you support or oppose this initiative?

For more information, contact:

Margaret Brigley, CEO, Narrative Research – 902.493.3830, mbrigley@narrativeresearch.ca

Margaret Chapman, COO, Narrative Research – 902.493.3834, mchapman@narrativeresearch.ca
Sam Pisani, Managing Partner, Logit Group – 416.629.4116, sam.pisani@logitgroup.com

Narrative Research (www.narrativeresearch.ca), is a leading public opinion and market research company headquartered in Canada. The company was recently certified as a WBE (Women Business Enterprise). As a non-partisan, 100% Canadian-owned research company, Narrative Research is dedicated to providing clients with state-of-the-art research and strategic consulting services. 

The Logit Group (https://logitgroup.com/) is a leading North American data collection and market research execution company headquartered in Toronto, conducting large-scale projects for a variety of well-known research agencies and brands. Logit employs industry-best technologies across an array of methodologies, and is independent, experienced and quality-oriented. 

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