A newly released report from the Environics Institute shows a dramatic decline in the proportion of Canadians that believe discrimination against either Black or Chinese people is no longer a problem.
Key Study Findings:
- Only 29% of Canadians hold a favourable view of the U.S., down 11 points from 2019 and a record low, dating back to 1982.
- Currently, 51% of Canadians say that, on balance, NAFTA has helped the Canadian economy; this is down slightly from a high of 63% in 2017.
- Sixty-seven percent of Canadians would most like to see Joe Biden win November’s U.S. presidential election, compared with 15% who prefer Donald Trump.
- Most Canadians consider European countries like Great Britain, France and Germany to be friends of Canada, while the proportions viewing the U.S., China or Russia as friends has declined considerably since 2013.
About Focus Canada:
Focus Canada is an annual public opinion research program, launched in 1976. This year, the Environics Institute updated its research on Canadian attitudes toward their country’s relations with its international partners. This survey was conducted in partnership with the Faculty of Social Sciences’ IMPACT Project at the University of Ottawa and Century Initiative. This survey is based on telephone interviews conducted (via land line and cellphones) with 2,000 Canadians between September 8 and 23, 2020. A sample of this size drawn from the population produces results accurate to within +/-2.2 percentage points in 19 out of 20 samples.