A new CROP poll commissioned by CBC's French-languge service, Radio-Canada, suggests that while Canadians generally have a humanitarian view toward immigration, those attitudes harden when religion is thrown in.

The internet poll surveyed 2,513 people across Canada, including 1,024 Quebecers, about a variety of issues affecting the country.

The results suggest that Canadians recognize how important it is to help people in need, and we believe that immigrants contribute to our economy, said CROP president Alain Giguère.

About 60 per cent of Canadians see refugees as a positive force, and 83 per cent believe other cultures enrich our society, the poll's findings show.

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