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