Canadians’ views on the United States improved after Biden’s election: Nanos inquiry


OTTAWA – Canadians’ perceptions of their neighbors to the south are rebounding after the election of US President Joe Biden, according to a new poll.
The poll, conducted and commissioned by Nanos Research, asked more than 1,000 Canadians between Jan. 31 and Feb. 4 to rank their level of comfort with international partners, based on the countries or regions with which Canada has a relationship. positive and it is also beneficial.

Fifty-one percent of respondents chose the United States, up from 34% in 2019, when Europe came first. This year, Europe came in second with 38% of the vote, while 7% of Canadians were “unsure”.

Among those who ranked the United States as the partner they feel most comfortable with, 28.5% cited ‘physical proximity’ as the main reason for their opinion, followed by 18.2% who said identified “biggest / important trading partner”.

The results of the inquiry come as Biden and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau hold their first face-to-face virtual bilateral meeting on Tuesday afternoon, where the two leaders will discuss and then unveil a “partnership roadmap” for the future. Canada-US relations.


Consistent with the above findings, Canadians feel more positive about Canada-U.S. Trade relations than in 2019.

Thirty percent feel “positive”, up from 19 percent in 2019, while the number of those who feel “negative” about business relationships has fallen from 17 percent to 5 percent.

Residents of Quebec feel most “positive or somewhat positive” about trade ties with the United States, followed by British Columbia, Ontario, Atlantic Canada and the Prairies.


Notably, respondents’ opinions on trade relations with China have declined since 2019.

Thirty-eight percent said they have a “negative” view of China in terms of a positive trading partner, up from 25 percent in 2019. Only three percent said they currently feel “positive” about the relationship.

Residents of Quebec feel most “positive / somewhat positive” about Canada’s relationship with the superpower, followed by Atlantic Canada, British Columbia, the Prairies and Ontario.

Tensions between the two countries have escalated since 2018, when Canadians Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor were jailed for allegations of state espionage, widely seen as retaliation for the arrest of Huawei leader Meng Wanzhou, at the request of the United States a few days earlier in Vancouver.

The Canadian government maintains that the freedom of Spavor and Kovrig is a top priority, despite little signs of progress and limited consular access.

On Monday, MPs voted en masse to declare China’s treatment of Uyghur Muslims with genocide – allegations Chinese officials vehemently reject.


Nanos conducted a randomized, dual-frame RDD telephone survey (landlines and cellphones) of 1,036 Canadians aged 18 or older between January 31 and February 4, 2021. Participants were randomly recruited by telephone from using live agents and conducted an investigation. The results were statistically verified and weighted by age and sex using the latest census information, and the sample is geographically stratified to be representative of Canada. The sample is stratified geographically to be representative of Canada.

People were called at random using random numbering with a maximum of five callbacks.

The margin of error for this survey is ± 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

The research was commissioned and conducted by Nanos Research.

With a file from Rachel Aiello of CTV News


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