VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – The Black Lives Matter demonstrations in the United States are getting plenty of support from north of the border.
The latest poll from Leger finds nearly three-quarters of Canadians (72%) back protesters in the fight against systemic racism in the U.S.
About four-in-10 (39%) support police officers, a third (33%) support state government officials and fewer than one-in-10 (9%) support U.S. President Donald Trump.
It seems many people feel racism is also a significant problem in Canada, with half (50%) feeling it is a “very” or “somewhat” serious issue within local law enforcement, whether it is the RCMP or a municipal police force.
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Among provinces and territories, that number is highest in BC with 56 per cent viewing it as at least a somewhat serious issue among law enforcement.
Nationally, the poll finds 39 percent feel systemic racism is serious issue in the military, 33 percent among employers, 27 per cent at universities and 22 per cent among their neighbours.
Leger conducted the survey from June 5 to June 7.