Americans think highly of Canada, but the feeling isn't mutual: survey

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Americans love to praise Canada, according to a new survey from Angus Reid, but it seems it’s a one-sided admiration.

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Canadians are far less likely to think positively about America than vice-versa, especially when it comes to being a caring society. Ongoing racial divides and a perceived lack of community safety have left a bad taste in the mouths of Canadians when it comes to America; only 17% of Canadians say America is a country they’d be proud to live in, versus 47% of Americans saying the same about Canada.

Image: Angus Reid

Image: Angus Reid

With that said, a majority of people in both countries perceive the other as being a valuable ally and friend, but many Canadians are concerned with what would happen to that relationship should Donald Trump become president; 66% of Canadians believe it would have a negative impact, in fact.

Americans perceive Canada as being a progressive, caring society, with safe cities and a generally prosperous country, according to the survey.

Image: Angus Reid

Image: Angus Reid

It seems Canadians feel similar views when it comes to their home and native land – more so than Americans, in fact.

Image: Angus Reid

Image: Angus Reid

A majority of Americans who think highly of Canada are Hillary Clinton supporters. About 61% of Clinton supporters say they’d be proud to call Canada home, versus 39% of Trump supporters.

With that said, a vast majority of Canadians would rather vote for Hillary Clinton than Donald Trump if they could, while Americans are more divided.

Image: Angus Reid

Image: Angus Reid

Meanwhile in Canada, people who voted for the Conservative party in the 2015 election – along with men and Quebecers – were most likely to call America a country they’d be proud to live in.

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