The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of the presidential election asked Americans not only for their opinions on the candidates, the political parties and the news media but their opinion on their neighbo(u)rs.
The result: we win. Seventy-five per cent had a positive view of Canada. Just 3 per cent had a negative view.
“There has always been, and always will be, an enormous amount of goodwill for Canada in the United States. And the feeling is mutual,” said Christine Constantin, spokesperson for the Canadian embassy in Washington. “We are your best friend, ally and neighbour. We see it every day and in countless ways.”
Mexico polled at 38 per cent positive, 26 per cent negative. The news media was at 19 per cent positive, 59 per cent negative. U.S. President Barack Obama was at 51 per cent positive, 39 per cent negative. Former president Bill Clinton was at 45 per cent positive, 38 per cent negative.
None of the major presidential candidates was viewed favourably. Republican candidate Donald Trump was at 28 per cent positive, 61 per cent negative. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was at 37 per cent positive, 52 per cent negative.
Americans have long been united in their appreciation for Canada. In a Gallup poll last year, 92 per cent of Americans said they had a favourable impression, a higher figure than for any other country.
Canadians also like America, but not quite as much. Sixty-eight per cent of Canadians had a favourable view of America in a Pew poll last year; 26 per cent had an unfavourable view.
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