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Views from the great white north on the United States have improved substantially since the election, according to a new poll.

Research Co.’s poll of Canadian perceptions of other countries says that two-in-five (42 per cent) Canadians now hold favourable views on the U.S.

That’s an increase of 10 points from July 2020. However, the poll was conducted December 14th to 16th, 2020, and it remains to be seen how recent violence in the Capitol building and actions by the outgoing president will affect our perceptions.

Those most likely to hold positive views of the United States are Conservative party voters (61 per cent), men (47 per cent), and Albertan (54 per cent).

Women (36 per cent), Quebeckers (37 per cent), British Columbians (36 per cent), and NDP voters (24 per cent) were least likely to see our southern neighbour in a positive light.

Canadian perceptions of China are much lower, with only 19 per cent holding favourable views towards the Asian superpower.

Views on China were least favourable among Albertans (13 per cent) and Conservative voters (15 per cent) and women (17 per cent).

Atlantic Canada was more charitable towards China, with 25 per cent of respondents giving the country a favourable view.

North Korea continues to be the least popular country on the list, with 12 per cent of respondents viewing the dictatorship positively.

No NDP voters (0 per cent) gave a “very positive” rating to North Korea, and a net 9 per cent of Conservative voters gave the country favourable views.

Results are based on an online study conducted from December 14 to December 16, 2020, among 800 adults in British Columbia. The margin of error—which measures sample variability—is +/- 3.5 percentage points, nineteen times out of twenty.

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