A new poll suggests more Canadians than ever believe religion does more harm than good, but even the pollsters disagree on what the numbers mean for the future of faith in the country.
Ipsos Public Affairs surveyed 1,001 Canadians online from 20th to 23rd March and the results suggest more Canadians are moving away from formal religions.
About 51 per cent of respondents agreed that ‘religion does more harm in the world than good’. That’s a seven-point increase from a similar survey in 2011.
“A couple of points of shift is not a big deal because that’s all in margin of error, but when we have changes of seven points in six years…that’s a significant shift,” said Sean Simpson, vice president of Ipsos Public Affairs.
Simpson told The Catholic Register, a Canadian Catholic weekly, that in a technological age where information is so easily accessed, Canadians have a “higher sensitivity” to news of religious radicals committing acts of violence and terrorism.
Picture: A couple in Toronto hold a Bible while commuting to a Spanish language Mass. (CNS photo/Chris Helgren, Reuters).