Canadians talk harshly about standing up to China, suspicious of Chinese investment and economic power: poll

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The poll suggests that Canadians view immigration from Asia as a positive thing – 78 percent of respondents said immigration from Asian countries is good for Canada’s economy and 64 percent said that immigrants from Asia “integrate well into Canadian society”.

Respondents were asked to rate their opinion of various countries on a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being “very warm, favorable”. China and the United States had a lower score this year: China’s average score was 3.6 and the United States was 4.9.

The same was not true for several other Asian countries, including Japan, South Korea, Vietnam and Taiwan, all of which posted slightly improved scores.

Overall, Canadians feel less connected to the Asia-Pacific region, a sharp turn from a seven-year trend towards a growing sense of connectedness, according to the poll.

The feeling that Canada was part of the Asia-Pacific region was at its lowest level in a 10-year CFS survey, at just 18 percent in 2013. It has been climbing steadily since. According to this year’s poll, 38% of respondents consider Canada to be part of the Asia-Pacific region, which is a decrease of 5% from 2018.

The opinion poll surveyed 3,519 Canadian adults from August 31 to September 21, 2020, via the Internet, phone or cell phone.

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