Anti-Islam sentiment main reason behind support for Quebec secularism bill: survey

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Anti-Muslim sentiment seems to be the principal reason for supporters of Bill 21, Quebec's proposed secularism legislation.

So says a Leger poll.

Among other things, the survey says 63 per cent of Quebecers back a ban on religious symbols for judges, police officers and prison guards.

59 per cent support a similar ban for teachers. 

Bill 21 would bar public servants in positions of authority from wearing the symbols.  

The poll, conducted in early May, was commissioned by the Association for Canadian Studies and is published in the Gazette and Le Devoir newspapers. 

The survey also says about 50 per cent of Quebecers believe the presence of religious minorities threatens their way of life.

47 per cent believe that statement, compared with 45 per cent who disagree with it.  

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