Yesterdays (Monday Nov, 29) National Post published a national survey of Canadians showing that 73% feel “opposing the policies of President Bush is not the same as being anti-American”
Here are the highlights as they were printed in the National Post:
- 71% of Canadians identified the US as our closest friend
- 69% agreed that: “Deep down, I know that Americans are our closests friends”
- 28% agreed that: It’s cool these days to dislike America.
- Only one in three believes Americans have “positive” feelings towards Canada.
You can download the entire report from my site.
In the opening statement the report states:
A recent telephone survey conducted by the research division of GPC Public
Affairs finds that apparent anti-Americanism in Canadian public opinion has
been overstated by a vocal minority in the country.
I think that vocal minority might include me, at least in perception to my American friends. 🙂
I believe that I would mirror very closely the majority of responses in this survey.
What the survey really shows is that Canadians feel that they share the same values as their American friends…. the place where we differ the most, and this should be bulleted with “at the moment”, is in foreign policy and defense.
That is why, for the most part.. we have a bone to pick with US Administration policy makers, not the people or America itself.