As Cana­dian favoura­bil­ity to­ward the U.S. plum­mets, other G7 al­lies pre­vail

The Southwest Booster - - OPINION - AN­GUS REID IN­STI­TUTE

As Cana­di­ans re­flect on their love lost for the U.S. in the age of Pres­i­dent Trump, other G7 al­lies are find­ing them­selves com­ing first in Cana­dian hearts and minds.

As 2018 wanes, a new study from the An­gus Reid In­sti­tute finds Cana­di­ans look­ing to Europe for coun­tries they hold in high favour, while Amer­ica is now seen only slightly more favourably (49 per cent say this) than In­dia (44 per cent).

Two years of volatile trade ne­go­ti­a­tions and in­sults from the U.S. ad­min­is­tra­tion to­ward Canada’s lead­er­ship ap­pear to have pro­foundly af­fected pub­lic opin­ion.

Opin­ions to­ward Mex­ico, the other (fu­ture) sig­na­tory of the new U.s.-mex­ico-canada Agree­ment (USMCA), do not ap­pear to have suf­fered the same pum­melling.

In­deed, the Unites States’ favoura­bil­ity among Cana­di­ans has now dropped be­low that of Mex­ico (58 per cent), while the per­cent­age of Cana­di­ans say­ing they hold a favourable view of Amer­ica’s south­ern neigh­bour is up 7.0 per­cent­age points since 2016.

More Key Find­ings:

- The U.K. and Italy emerge as the most favoured coun­tries among those of­fered. Slightly more than four-in-five Cana­di­ans (82 per cent) view each favourably, while Ja­pan gar­ners favour from 79 per cent;

- Only one-in-10 (12 per cent) Cana­di­ans view Saudi Ara­bia favourably.

The full poll can be viewed at www.an­gus­reid. org/favoura­bil­ity-of-na­tions

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