Most Canadians see China as ‘threat’ or ‘enemy’: survey

When it comes to bilateral relations with Ottawa, few Canadians are willing to give Beijing any room for doubt, one person said. new vote Conducted by Angus Reed Institute.

The survey found that 40% said the federal government should approach Beijing as a threat to its interests, while 22% said they saw Beijing as an “enemy.” In contrast, 12% of Canadians surveyed say they have a favorable view of China.

Canadians’ worldview may have been influenced by recent developments in Canada-China relations, with allegations that the Chinese government interfered in the last two Canadian elections.

Canadians also shared a negative view of Russia. Data show that 72% of Canadians think Russia should be seen as a threat or enemy after it invades Ukraine.

When it comes to the United States, three in five Canadians (58%) say they have a positive impression of the country.

While two in five (39%) are more negative about their assessment of the United States, the majority (73%) of Canadians say the United States is at least a friend (25%), if not an important ally. should be considered (48 percent).

The survey also found that three-fifths of past Conservative voters view China very unfavorably. This percentage is 47% among former Liberal Party voters, 37% among NDP voters and 36% among Bloc Quebec voters.

However, most Canadians (62%) say they view Taiwan favorably as it continues to be a source of political tension for China.


The Angus Reed Institute conducted this survey online from February 23-25 ​​with 1,622 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reed Forum. The margin of error is +/- 2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Coverage for this article was paid for through The Afghan Journalists in Residence Project funded by Meta.

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