Obama Remains Extremely Popular in Canada

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According to Senior Vice-President Doug Anderson “While it should be cautioned that Canadian opinion of Mitt Romney is undoubtedly much softer than for the incumbent President Obama, it is clear that Canadians remain relatively supportive of the current U.S. President. Perhaps of greater relevance locally is the fact that by about a two to one margin, Canadians are more likely to agree that Prime Minister Harper has worked hard to improve Canada U.S. relations.”

 

 

  • Canadians prefer Barack Obama to Mitt Romney by almost a seven to one margin. Nationally, 68% would vote for President Obama if they had a vote in the upcoming Presidential election, while 10% would vote for Mitt Romney. President Obama is the preferred choice of a majority of respondents across all regions and demographic groups. Mr. Romney is most popular in the province of Alberta, but even there, Mr. Obama is the preferred choice by a 50%-19% margin.
  • A majority of Canadians describe President Obama’s job performance as at least good. Overall, 56% express this view, with 12% feeling Mr. Obama is doing an excellent job, and 44% feeling he is doing a good job. A further 26% feel he is doing a fair job, while just 7% feel he is doing a poor job. Mr. Obama’s popularity has grown since Harris/Decima last polled on this question last October. At that point, 51% felt Mr. Obama was doing at least a good job.
  • A majority say their opinion of the President has stayed the same over time. Overall, 63% express this view, while 15% say their opinion of Mr. Obama is getting better over time, while 14% say their opinion of the President is getting worse. In October, 2011, 11% said their opinion was getting better, and 19% said their opinion was getting worse, while 63% said their opinion had stayed the same over time.
  • A strong majority feels President Obama has done a good job of keeping his promises. Nationally, 62% feel this way, while 16% feel he has done a poor job of keeping his promises. In all regions and demographic groups, respondents were more likely to say President Obama was doing a good job of keeping his promises.
  • A majority feel Canada’s approach to Canada-US relations is working well. Nationally, 64% agree with this statement, while 26% disagree.
  • Almost six in ten (58%) feel Prime Minister Harper has worked hard to improve Canada-US relations. Just over three in ten (32%) disagree with this statement.
  • A majority (53%) agree with the statement President Obama worked hard to improve Canada-US relations, while 32% disagreed.
  • A plurality of Canadians disagree that the decisions President Obama has made have had a negative impact on the Canadian economy. Nationally, 38% agree with this statement, while 45% disagree.
  • One in five Canadians feel that Mr. Obama’s decisions and actions have improved Canada-US relations. Overall, 20% express this view, while 14% feel he has worsened Canada-US relations. A majority (51%) feel Mr. Obama’s decisions and actions have had no impact on Canada-US relations. Residents of Atlantic Canada, Canadians over the age of 50, and those with a household income below $60k/year are most likely to say President Obama’s decisions and actions have improved Canada-US relations.
  • Roughly one in four feels Prime Minister Harper’s decisions and actions have improved Canada-US relations. Nationally, 24% express this view, while 18% feel they have worsened Canada-US relations. A plurality (45%) feels his decisions and actions have had no impact on Canada-US relations.

Each week, Harris/Decima interviews just over 1000 Canadians through teleVox, the company’s national telephone omnibus survey. The most recent data were gathered between June 27 and June 30, 2012. A sample of the same size has a margin of error of 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.