Canada and Mexico Define United States in One Word – “Trump” vs. “Money”


Trump effigy burned on the south side of the US-Mexico border

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Trump effigy burned on the south side of the US-Mexico border

The most common words Canadians think of to describe the United States have to do with the White House, while Mexicans think of work, migration, or money, new research finds.

Respondents from both countries also spoke of often negative adjectives for the United States, according to the Pew Research Center study.

Majorities in each country did not trust President Donald Trump to lead.

Frequently cited words were “chaos”, “bully” and “bad”.

When asked what single word comes to mind when Canadians think of the United States, 18% said “Trump” or “President”.

However, only 6% of Mexicans mentioned Trump, even though the U.S. header has the lowest favorability in Mexico among all the countries Pew has surveyed since 2017.

Words related to work, money and migration accounted for about 26% of the responses in Mexico.

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The survey was conducted in person in 1,028 participants in Mexico and by telephone in Canada among 1,004 participants.

It was held from mid-May to mid-July 2019.

Canadians who identify with left politics are far less likely to say positive things about the United States than their compatriots on the other side of the political spectrum, the study found.

But for Mexicans, their responses were often linked to their desire to move to the United States. Those who say they don’t want to live in the United States are twice as likely to say negative things about the country, the researchers said.

Other words commonly used in Canada include “chaos”, “confused”, “bully” and “disappointing”.

In addition to references to the American economy, the Mexicans often gave the answers “bad”, “discrimination”, “racism” and “wall”.


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