WASHINGTON, DC. (NEWS 1130) – Shocked. Surprised. Disappointed and horror. Those were the top four words Canadians recently polled chose to describe their reaction to Donald Trump’s election win last week.
“Canadians, like a lot of people in other parts of the world, including in the United States, were really surprised at the result,” says Abacus Data Chair Bruce Anderson. “The combination of media reporting and the kind of poll coverage that people had been consuming left them with the impression that Hillary Clinton was going to win that election. So, surprise and shock were really the most powerful, instinctive reactions people had in Canada to this outcome.”
As for who participants say they’d choose if they were Americans — 52 per cent would have voted for Clinton, with only 16 per cent responding in favour of Trump.
“Canada is traditionally more kind of oriented toward the Democratic Party and the Democratic candidates we’ve tested in the past have always fared a little bit better or in some cases quite a bit better than Republican candidates. This election was even more clearly an example of people saying, well, between these two candidates, the Democrat would be my choice.”
In this poll, 32 per cent of people say they would have voted for a candidate other than Clinton or Trump.