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Only 39 per cent of Canadians surveyed have positive view of U.S.: Pew Research Centre

Last Updated Oct 8, 2018 at 9:30 am PDT

President Donald Trump speaks during a campaign rally at the Mayo Civic Center, Thursday, Oct. 4, 2018, in Rochester, Minn. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Summary

A new poll has found that a majority of Canadians surveyed don't have a generally positive view of the U.S.

Pew Research Centre says number of Canadians who had favourable view of the U.S. is down quite a bit from two years ago

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – Don’t dread your upcoming family time for Thanksgiving — you might be able to find some common ground over your views of America.

A new poll has found Canadians’ view of the U.S. hasn’t been improving. In fact, it’s found that only about 39 per cent of Canucks have a favourable view of their neighbour to the south this year.

The Pew Research Centre says that’s down quite a bit from two years ago, when a clear majority could find nice things to say about America.

The centre has been tracking how the country is viewed around the world for a few years now.

The number of people who have a favourable view has been steadily dropping since 2016; it’s down about 26 per cent from then to now, the poll suggests.

(Courtesy Pew Research Centre)

According to the survey, there hasn’t been a significant recovery in the global view of America since Donald Trump became president.

It found people seem to be disappointed in Washington D.C.’s lack of commitment to tackling big, international issues, and points to the perception that America only thinks of itself on foreign policy decisions.

When it comes to its reputation on civil liberties, the poll suggests it’s still positive, but tarnished when it comes to the country’s key allies.

Along with a number of Europeans and Mexicans, Canadians are among the most skeptical when it comes to American’s reputation on civil liberties. The majority of people polled in these countries believe the U.S. “fails to respect the rights of its people,” the study results read.

The survey did find that most people surveyed across 25 countries do believe the U.S. government respects the personal freedoms of its citizens.