It’s unbelievable that the exact US Election Results in the poll conducted in Washington shows that America really likes its neighbor, Canada. Much better than their presidential bets. Here’s how it is:
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 neighbors.
The result: we win. Seventy-five percent had a positive view of Canada. Just 3 percent had a negative view.
That was way better than any other person or entity.
“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 percent positive, 26 percent negative. The news media was at 19 percent positive, 59 percent negative. President Barack Obama was at 51 percent positive, 39 percent negative. Former President Bill Clinton was at 45 percent positive, 38 percent negative.
None of the major presidential candidates was viewed favourably. Republican candidate Donald Trump was at 28 percent positive, 61 percent negative. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was at 37 percent positive, 52 percent negative.
Americans have long been united in their appreciation for Canada. In a Gallup poll last year, 92 percent of Americans said they had a favourable impression, a higher figure than for any other country.
Canadians also like America
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 percent were unfavourable.
Canada even did better in the latest poll of Americans than some of the most popular figures of the recent past. According to the Journal, Canada did even better than Michael Jordan (69 percent positive) in 1997 and Pope John Paul II (65 per cent positive) in 1998.
Clinton held a six-point overall lead in the poll, 43 percent to Trump’s 37 per cent. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 9 percent, Green Jill Stein 3 per cent.
The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted by phone from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.