Most Canadians want niqab banned in public, poll suggests

MONTREAL — Most Canadians believe the Muslim face covering known as the niqab should be banned in public, and even more think it should be removed at citizenship ceremonies, a new poll suggests.

The Leger poll, for the Association for Canadian Studies, indicates 70% of respondents agree with Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s strong view against wearing the niqab while taking the oath to become Canadian.

Canadians agreed with the prime minister 70%, according to the Leger poll taken Tuesday to Thursday.

And 60% of the 1,711 respondents went even further, agreeing “the niqab should be banned in public spaces”