As world leaders prepare to deal with a new U.S. Administration, a poll suggests that Americans want the Trump government to approach Canada in a friendly manner.
More than 1,500 Americans surveyed by the Angus Reid Institute put Canada at the top of a list of 18 nations.
Eighty per cent viewed the Great White North as “a valued ally/friend” and only 8 per cent considered Canada a “potential threat or enemy”.
America’s neighbours to the south did not fare as well, with only 50 per cent of respondents considering Mexico a valued ally, while 36 per cent said the new administration should approach Mexico with caution.
Russia was at the bottom of the list, with 17 per cent considering the country a valued ally. Seventy per cent saw Putin and company as an enemy.
The survey also revealed that 45 per cent of Americans believe Mexico benefits more from trade with the U.S. than the U.S. does.
Seventy-seven of respondents believe trade with Canada benefits both countries equally.
The Angus Reid Institute conducted the online survey from Jan. 13 through 17 using a randomized sample of 1,503 American adults. The margin of error of +/- is 2.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. The survey was self-commissioned and paid for by ARI.