Majority of Canadians think religion does more harm than good

Less than a quarter of people believe that religious people made better citizens

Jon Sharman
Thursday 06 July 2017 16:59 BST
More than half of Canadians now believe religion is harmful
More than half of Canadians now believe religion is harmful (Rex Features)

More than half of Canadians believe religion causes more harm than good, a new poll has found.

The survey by Ipsos found the proportion of people who held the belief had increased in recent years, from 44 per cent in 2011 to 51 per cent this year.

Less than a quarter of people, or 24 per cent, believed that religious people made better citizens, down eight points from 2011, Global News reported.

However, an overwhelming majority, 90 per cent, said they were "completely comfortable being around people who have different religious beliefs than me".

Sean Simpson, vice president of Ipsos Affairs, told the site: "There’s a lot that’s happening in the world right now in the name of religion.

"Of course, [Isis] being the primary example that’s using religion to justify what they’re doing.

"But I think we hear about these incidents more often, not just because they may be happening more often but because of the information age."

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