While the bulk of Canadians are unsatisfied with the outcome of Tuesday U.S. presidential election, they do understand the dynamic in America that allowed Donald Trump to claim victory, an Ipsos poll exclusive to Global News has found.
Not only did 70 per cent of respondents indicate they are unsatisfied with Trump’s win, they are also losing faith in our neighbours to the south. Less than a third (30 per cent) of poll respondents agreed they “trust the judgement of the American electorate.”
At the same time, 67 per cent acknowledged and “understand the underlying anger in America that eventually led to Donald Trump’s victory.”
Trump’s brash style and aggressive tactics may seem unappealing to Canadians, but many poll respondents also agreed they could get behind similar policy here at home.
More than three-quarters of respondents (77 per cent) agreed they would consider supporting a political candidate who, “ran on a platform of stricter immigration controls, reviewing trade agreements like NAFTA to ensure they are in Canada’s best interest, shifting expenditures from international development in other countries to priorities in Canada, and getting tough on crime.”
“It appears that Donald Trump’s message resonated with a frustrated electorate, even though the message he delivered took many Canadians aback,” the poll states.
The president-elect’s political style has already been heralded by federal Conservative leadership hopeful Kellie Leitch, who said Wednesday she wants to bring Trump’s “exciting message” to Canada.
Taking a cue from Trump’s shock tactics may do well for Leitch — more than half of respondents (60 per cent) also agreed that Canada, as a nation, is too politically correct.
However, political candidates should take Trump’s win with a grain of salt. Less than a quarter (23 per cent) of poll respondents said a Trump-style candidate would have a shot at becoming Canada’s prime minister.
Travel plans on hold
Trump’s election could do a number on the U.S. hospitality industry: Half of poll respondents said they will avoid travelling to the country “for at least the first few years of the Trump presidency.”
As for Americans looking to move north, don’t expect Canada to roll out a special welcome mat. Six in ten respondents said Trump dodgers should receive no special immigration treatment.
Impact of President Trump
Predictions for Trump having a positive impact was not wide-spread: More than half of poll respondents feel his influence will be a negative one on things like climate change and trade, as well as both the United States and the world.
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This Ipsos poll on behalf of Global News was an online survey of 1,001 Canadians conducted between Nov. 9-10. The results were weighted to better reflect the composition of the adult Canadian population, according to census data. The precision of Ipsos online polls is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the poll is considered accurate to within plus or minus 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.