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More British Columbians 'enthralled' by U.S. news since start of Trump presidency: poll

President Donald Trump boards Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Friday, Aug. 31, 2018. as he prepares to travel to Charlotte, N.C. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
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More than half of British Columbians surveyed say they're paying more attention to U.S. news amid Trump presidency

People in B.C. over 55 more likely than younger folks to keep up with news out of the United States: poll

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Shopping habits aren’t the only thing some people in British Columbia are changing in the wake of Donald Trump’s election as U.S. president.

One pollster says many Canadians are paying more attention to American news.

“To see the level of news consumption after the start of the Trump presidency is definitely eye-catching, to have more than half of residents saying they’re paying more attention to news,” explains Mario Canseco with Research Co.

In fact, more than half of people asked in the province are paying more attention to news out of the U.S. — and they’re staying fixated on it, the poll suggests.

“Usually it takes a major event or situation that is going to be political, let’s say the week or the two weeks before the election and the week after,” Canseco tells NEWS 1130. “But in the case of Donald Trump there is definitely a scenario where the residents are clearly enthralled by what is happening and paying attention to all of the developments that we’ve seen over the past year and a half.”

His work says that people in B.C. over the age of 55 are more likely than younger folks to say they’re really keeping tabs on Canada’s neighbour to the south,

“But now we see millenials starting to pay more attention to U.S. politics, learning more about the system and the type of situation at their disposal.”

The online survey is made up of a representative sample of British Columbians, Canseco explains.