Majority of Canadians Support Public Funding For Religious Schools, Study Finds

December 14, 2017 – National Post – Graeme Hamilton – As debate over religious schools continues in Canadian courts and legislatures, a new poll has found that 61 per cent of Canadians support full or partial public funding for faith-based schools.

The Angus Reid Institute survey found that 31 per cent of respondents believe religious schools should receive the same funding as public schools, while 30 per cent believe they should receive partial funding.

“For those who think that, given all the changes that have happened on the religious front, the days of support for religious schools are coming quickly to an end, I don’t think that’s true,” said Angus Reid, the institute’s founder and chairman. “I think there’s a bit of a line in the sand here.”

The survey of 1,972 Canadian adults, conducted online from Oct. 16-23, is part of a yearlong project with Faith in Canada 150 to study Canadians’ attitudes toward religion.

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