- An online survey showed that Canadians were even more enthusiastic about Singh representing a visible minority
- 77% agreed that “ultimately , a politician’s religious or cultural identity shouldn’t matter only their policies should.”
- The survey also noted that the pushback for Jagmeet was strongest in Quebec
JALANDHAR: After Jagmeet Singh was elevated as the leader of the New Democratic Party (NDP) – the first nonwhite and turbaned Sikh to head any political party in Canada – 69% respondents in an online poll said they would consider voting for a national party leader who wears a turban and carries a kirpan.
The survey by Angus Reid Institute, a national, not-for-profit, non-partisan public opinion research foundation founded in 2014, revealed that Canadians were even more enthusiastic about Jagmeet Singh+ representing a visible minority, with 71% agreed with the statement, “Having a member of a visible minority leading a major political party is good for Canada overall.”
The survey also suggests that being a practising Sikh will hurt Jagmeet Singh’s chances in an election. When respondents were asked how many of their close friends and family members would not vote for a party led by a Sikh, 50% replied “most or some of them”.
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