Interesting new Ipsos poll published on Global News on Canadian attitudes compared to other countries:
- Nearly 40 per cent of Canadians think that Canada needs to ‘take more steps to protect itself from today’s world’, compared to the global average of 31 per cent.
- A quarter of respondents preferred that Canada take steps to open itself up to the rest of the world, a further 25 per cent see merits in both viewpoints and 11 per cent were unsure.
- The United States (47 per cent) is the only country that feels more strongly about the need to protect itself from outside influences, while the country most inclined to support opening up to the rest of the world is Peru (62 per cent).
- The poll found that business owners (35 per cent) were more likely to favour opening up Canada’s economy to foreign businesses and trade, compared to people who don’t own businesses (25 per cent).
- On the issue of leadership, 65 per cent of Canadians said the country “needs a strong leader to take the country back from the rich and powerful,” which is above the global average of 63 per cent.
- Canadians fell well short of the global average when it came to the idea of embracing a leader who is perceived to be a rule breaker (41 per cent, compared to the global average of 49 per cent) or someone who’s able to say what’s on his or her mind regardless of what others think (57 per cent, compared to the global average of 64 per cent).
- Respondents in France, at 80 per cent, were the most likely to favour a rule-breaking candidate.
- Nearly four in ten Canadians say the country is in decline, which may seem like a high figure until it’s compared to the global average of 57 per cent among the 22 countries included in the survey.
- Canada was the second-most optimistic country behind only India (22 per cent), while South Africans (77 per cent) were likeliest to state that their country is in decline.
- Sixty per cent of Americans felt that way about the United States, while France polled at 67 per cent.
- But among those Canadians who feel the country is in decline, 60 per cent still maintain the belief that Canada can recover from its perceived state of decline.
- The poll also found that 58 per cent of Canadians think experts don’t understand the lives of the common citizen, with the global average pegged at 60 per cent.
- Canadians with a low level of education (65 per cent) were significantly more likely to hold this view than those with a high level of education (38 per cent).
This “Global News Ipsos” poll was conducted between Oct. 21 and Nov. 4, 2016 with a sample of 16,096 interviews with adults aged 16 to 64. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. This poll is accurate to within +/ – 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20, had all American adults been polled.