Since 2012, there has been a gradual decline in the
Canadian public’s perception of an irreconcilable conflict between the West and
Islam. In March of 2012 (Survey Wave 1), 58% of Canadian’s believed the
conflict to be irreconcilable and 29% disagreed with this statement. As of
March 2017 (Wave 10), 47% agreed and 33% disagreed that there is an
irreconcilable conflict between the West and Islam.
Survey respondents from Canada’s two coastlines
are less likely to agree that there is an irreconcilable conflict between the
West and Islam compared to the rest of Canada.
In March 2012, 50% of respondents from Atlantic Canada agreed with the
statement and 29% disagreed. During the same time period in British Columbia,
51% agreed and 37% disagreed. In February 2014, more Atlantic respondents
disagreed with the statement about irreconcilable conflict (49%) than actually
agreed (41%) and by March 2017, 34% of Atlantic respondents agreed and 30%
disagreed. Quebec, on the other hand, was more likely to agree that an
irreconcilable conflict between the West and Islam exists, with as many as 68%
of respondents agreeing with the statement in March 2012 (21% disagreeing) and
50% agreeing in March 2017 (36% disagreeing).