Many Canadians unsure if system of gov’t is good: survey

A recent survey by the Angus Reid Institute found that Canadians view their country more positively than Americans.

As a result of an online survey, release thursdayindicating that 78% of Canadians see their country as a caring nation, while 36% of Americans say the same about the United States.

89% of Canadians say they live in a safe country, and 43% of Americans say they live in a safe country.

And 62% of Canadians believe their country contributes positively to world affairs, compared to just 39% of Americans.

“Canadians’ perception of their country has become more positive in the last 12 months,” the report said.

“In January 2022, the country was dealing with the Omicron wave of COVID-19 with public health restrictions. “Maybe time has healed some of those schisms.”

The online survey was conducted March 15-17 and included a “representative random sample” of 1,649 Canadians and 1,025 Americans, the institute said.

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Canadians believe their government system is better than Americans, but only a majority of Canadians (51%) say so, compared to 34% in the US.

The rest of the respondents said that the government system was not good or they were not sure.

Positive attitudes toward the Canadian government system were highest in Quebec at 57% and lowest in Alberta (38%) and Saskatchewan (33%).

Take a closer look at your datamen were less likely than women to say that the Canadian government system is better, 47% versus 54%.

44% of 18-34 year-olds and 48% of 35-54 year-olds, compared to 56% of Canadians, say young Canadians are generally less likely to say their country has a good government system. Also true for 55 and older.

However, some differences exist when comparing men and women of different generations or grouping them into smaller age groups.

Across all household incomes, Canadians with an annual income of $50,000 or less, less than 50%, were the only group that said Canada had a strong government system.

Less than half of Canadians with college or vocational education or below viewed Canada’s government system positively.

48% and 45% of Indigenous and Visible Minority respondents respectively said Canada’s government system is good, compared to 52% of Invisible Minority respondents. hand.

political and regional differences

Liberal voters in the 2021 federal election generally view Canada more positively compared to Conservative, Bloc Quebec and NDP voters.

When asked the same question whether Canada has a good government system, only 30% of Conservative voters said yes, while 77% of liberal voters were most likely to say yes. rice field.

Regionally, Canadians generally agreed that Canada was a safe and caring society.

Respondents from Quebec were most likely to say Canada is a country they are proud to live in at 83%, while respondents from Saskatchewan were least likely at 60%.

Quebecers were also more likely to say Canada was a more prosperous country, with 75% compared to 54% in Saskatchewan.

“People in Quebec and Saskatchewan find themselves on opposite ends of the spectrum when it comes to evaluating the country in which they live,” the report said. Although more critical, the people of Quebec offer more praise.”

However, on racial division, respondents in Quebec were least likely to say their country is racially divided at 25%. ) was the only region that believed the country was racially divided.

How Canadians and Americans View Each Other

Canadians’ view of the United States has improved in several categories compared to over a year ago.

47% of people now say the US is a positive player in global affairs, compared to 36% in January 2022.

Slightly more people see the US as a caring society, up from 24%, at 27%. 34% say the country is safe, compared to 23% over a year ago. Also, 20% to 25% say they have a good government system.

However, 67% of Canadians see the United States as a prosperous country, compared to 72% in January 2022.

Canadian attitudes have remained relatively unchanged on whether the United States is a racially divided country, with about 80% agreeing.

Regarding how Americans view Canada, Americans generally view their northern neighbors more favorably than their own, with 56% of Americans saying Canada is a caring country and 64% % says it’s safe.


The Angus Reed Institute (ARI) conducted an online survey from March 15-17, 2023, with a representative, randomized sample of 1,649 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reed Forum. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size has an error of plus or minus 2 percent in 19 out of 20. Discrepancies in totals or discrepancies between totals are due to rounding.

ARI conducted a second online survey March 15-17, 2023, in a representative, randomized sample of 1,025 American adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum USA. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size has an error of plus or minus 3 percent in 19 out of 20.

This study was independently commissioned and funded by ARI.

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