The Economic Club of Toronto

The Economic Club of Toronto

May 06, 2008 06:59 ET

Media Advisory: Economic Club of Canada and POLLARA Poll Shows Canadians Look to Obama or Clinton to Improve U.S. Relationship With Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 6, 2008) - Forty percent of Canadians feel Canada's relationship with the United States has worsened over the last eight years and are split between favouring Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton, as opposed to John McCain, when it comes to the question of which U.S. Presidential candidate is most likely to improve that relationship.

An online poll conducted by POLLARA Research for The Economic Club of Canada shows that Obama and Clinton each register 38 percent as the most likely U.S. Presidential candidate to improve the Canada-United States relationship. Fully 40 percent of Canadians feels the relationship has somewhat or dramatically worsened in the last eight years, versus 25 percent who feel the relationship has somewhat/dramatically improved.

"The Democratic race for President is the closest in recent memory," said Mark Adler, President and CEO of The Economic Club of Canada. "While the poll indicates Canadians are also split on the current Obama/Clinton question, it is clear that Republican John McCain is not Canada's choice to improve our relationship with the United States."

The poll of 1938 online participants, average age of 50 years and equally split between male and female, showed McCain registered at 48 percent of Canadians when asked which potential President will worsen the Canadian-US relationship, versus 26 percent for Clinton and 25 for Obama

"Results show Canadians consider McCain the leader most liable to hurt our relationship with the United States." said Michael Marzolini, Chairman, POLLARA Strategic Insights. "This is not surprising as historically Canadians have considered Democratic values closest to our own, and since the days of President Roosevelt and Kennedy, have had a long-standing preference for Democrats over Republicans.

Contact Information

  • POLLARA Strategic Insights
    Michael Marzolini
    (416) 921-0090
    Economic Club of Canada
    Mark Adler
    (416) 306-0899