Public opinion against First Nations protesters

Demonstrators march down Broadway and Cambie during the

Demonstrators march down Broadway and Cambie during the "Idle no more" protest at City Hall in Vancouver, British Columbia January 11, 2013. (REUTERS/Ben Nelms)

DAVID AKIN, Parliamentary Bureau Chief

, Last Updated: 1:53 PM ET

OTTAWA - Even as First Nations activists threaten blockades that could harm the economy, Canadian public opinion appears squarely set against those activists.

Ipsos Reid, in a poll released Tuesday, found that about two-thirds of Canadians believe Canada's aboriginal people's receive too much support from federal taxpayers; that aboriginal peoples are treated well by the government; and that most of the problems of native peoples are brought on by themselves.

That said, the poll also found that two-thirds of Canadians believe the federal government must act now to improve the quality of life for Canada's aboriginal peoples.


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