A new survey put out by the Public Policy Polling reveals Americans have soured towards Canada following the recent G7 summit. According to this new data, 66 percent of Americans now approve of their northern neighbor. Amongst Trump supporters, however, only 54 percent had a positive opinion of the land of Trudeau.
This is quite a shocking dip considering a Gallup poll in February suggested Canada was America’s favorite foreign nation. Believe it or not, 94 percent of American respondents said they had a favorable view of the Great White North just a few months before the G7 meeting.
Of course, the most obvious reason for this dip in the polls has to do with President Trump’s spat with Canadian PM Justin Trudeau over the trade deficit. While this new poll doesn’t show a direct correlation, it’s likely many Americans have changed their opinions due to Trump’s complaints about Canada.
Interestingly, many new polls suggest Canadians are getting equally fed up with President Trump’s accusations and are vowing to buy only Canadian-made products. A survey out of Abacus found that 80 percent of Canadians will go out of their way to express their disapproval of President Trump’s new tariffs.
Thankfully, this new Public Policy poll suggested Americans don’t hold grudges forever. When asked whether the US government should seek reparations from the War of 1812, only eight percent of Trump supporters approved. Perhaps there is hope for the future US-Canadian relationship after all.
Meagan Kozlovs is a reporter for Debate Report. She’s worked and interned at Global News Toronto and CHECX. Megan is based in Toronto and covers issues affecting her city. In addition to her severe milk shake addiction, she’s a Netflix enthusiast, a red wine drinker, and a voracious reader.