The majority of Canadians are uncomfortable around women wearing a niqab -- the Muslim face veil -- but the majority also don't want to see any government ban.
Shown an image of a woman wearing a niqab, 56% said they agreed with the statement "I would prefer if women in Canada did not wear this in public places."
That compared with just 33% feeling the same way regarding the hijab.
A slight majority, 51%, said they felt uncomfortable around women wearing niqabs.
The face veil has been a major political controversy in Canada for the last month since opposition parties began attacking the Harper Conservatives on the issue.
The government is appealing a court ruling that struck down a rule requiring face veils be removed when new Canadians swear the oath of citizenship at public ceremonies.
An immigrant woman from Pakistan who has admitted to preferring men and women being segregated and who also removed her veil for her driver's license photo challenged the rule in court.
Zunera Ishaq claims she cannot remove the veil in front of men she is not related to.
The poll, which also finds 66% agreeing with rules being set for what can be worn at citizenship ceremonies, shows NDP Leader Tom Mulcair and Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau well offside Canadian opinion on this issue.
While most Canadians are not fans of the niqab, 55% agree that it is a personal choice on whether women should be allowed to wear a veil.
The poll of 1,000 Canadians was conducted between March 20 and 22 by Abacus Data and has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.
(PHOTO: Jean-Louis Potier)
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