America’s neighbors to the north have generally held the United States in high regard, but according to a recent survey, that regard is dwindling: new research from Environics Institute shows Canadian support for the U.S. at just 37 percent.
Environics Institute has been tracking Canadian public opinion since 1976.
> This year marks an “unprecedented” low, a word pollsters rarely use, wrote Environics Institute president Michael Adams in a blog post. It’s Canadian’s lowest overall opinion of the U.S. on record, down from peak admiration at 83 per cent in 1983.
> “These are lows we’ve never seen before,” wrote Adams, before noting that if polling went back to the War of 1812, “the proportions admiring the U.S. and its leaders might have been lower.”
Even lower than Canadian approval of America in general is their favorability rating for President Donald Trump, which stands at just 13 percent.
> Indeed, Adams wrote that President Donald Trump and “his bullyish style and America-first policies” factor into the results. It’s not the first time since Trump was elected in November 2016 that polls have indicated global opinion of the U.S. is less than favourable.
> A Pew Research Center study last month found that the global image of the U.S. had also reached a historic low, with a majority of people expressing little confidence in Trump.
> This Environics Institute survey was based on telephone interviews conducted (via landline and cellphones) with 2,000 Canadians between Oct. 1 and Oct. 14, 2018. A sample of this size drawn from the population produces results accurate to within plus or minus 2.2 percentage points in 19 out of 20 samples.