March 16, 2016 10:43 pm
Updated: March 16, 2016 11:31 pm

1 in 4 Americans would consider move to Canada if Trump wins: poll

Will a win by Donald Trump cause a mass stampede to Canada?

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Over 25 per cent of American voters would consider a move to the Great White North if Donald Trump were to win the U.S. Presidential election in November, according to a poll conducted by

The poll surveyed almost 2,000 registered voters and asked respondents, “If Donald Trump were elected President of the United States in November how likely are you to consider moving to another country, such as Canada?”

Fifteen per cent of respondents said they were “very likely” to consider a move while another 12 per cent said they were “somewhat likely.”

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Given some of Trump’s campaign promises, it is perhaps not surprising that over half of Hispanic respondents said they would be looking for greener pastures if the Republican front-runner were to become the U.S. Commander-in-Chief.

Of course, many people make claims that they are going to move but will they really?

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Well, after George W. Bush was elected in 2004, American immigration to Canada doubled.

Some 34,000 more Americans emigrated to Canada in the 10 years starting with Bush’s 2004 re-election than in the previous decade, per a story by Global News’ Patrick Cain.

And after this year’s first Super Tuesday when Trump picked up a few states, “how to move to Canada” and “how to move to Canada if Trump wins” surged as search terms, according to Google Trends.

“Searches for ‘how can I move to Canada’ on Google have spiked +350% in the past four hours,” Simon Rogers, data editor for Google, wrote on Twitter at the time.

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The survey also asked “Now, generally speaking, would you say that things in the country are going in the right direction, or have they pretty seriously gotten off on the wrong track?”

Just 30 per cent of respondents said that the U.S. was headed in the right direction but only 50 per cent disapproved of the job Barack Obama was doing as president.


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