Almost half of 1,000 Quebecers responding to a survey had a negative opinion of the province’s native population. One-quarter said they view aboriginal people in a “very negative” light, and 23 per cent more had a “rather negative” view of them.

The survey counted 21 per cent as having a “very positive” or “rather positive” view of First Nations. A quarter were neutral.

The poll was conducted June 10-15 by polling company Leger and Leger, and was published in Le Journal de Montreal.

In a separate poll for The Financial Post, 54 percent of those surveyed said First Nations in Quebec are entitled to their own referendum on whether they would stay in Quebec if the province secedes from Canada. An article about the two polls appeared in Windspeaker.