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Apparently just 3 per cent of Americans dislike Canada: Poll

Canada outpolled Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, Mexico and the news media, among other entities.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama exit the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill following the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, June 28, 2016.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Barack Obama exit the Hall of Honour on Parliament Hill following the North American Leaders Summit in Ottawa, June 28, 2016.

WASHINGTON—Canada, king of America.

The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal poll of the presidential election asked Americans not only for their opinions on the candidates, the political parties and the news media but their opinion on their neighbo(u)rs.

The result: we win. Seventy-five per cent had a positive view of Canada. Just 3 per cent had a negative view.

That was way better than any other person or entity.

“There has always been, and always will be, an enormous amount of goodwill for Canada in the United States. And the feeling is mutual,” said Christine Constantin, spokesperson for the Canadian embassy in Washington. “We are your best friend, ally and neighbour. We see it every day and in countless ways.”

Mexico polled at 38 per cent positive, 26 per cent negative. The news media was at 19 per cent positive, 59 per cent negative. President Barack Obama was at 51 per cent positive, 39 per cent negative. Former President Bill Clinton was at 45 per cent positive, 38 per cent negative.

None of the major presidential candidates was viewed favourably. Republican candidate Donald Trump was at 28 per cent positive, 61 per cent negative. Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton was at 37 per cent positive, 52 per cent negative.

Americans have long been united in their appreciation for Canada. In a Gallup poll last year, 92 per cent of Americans said they had a favourable impression, a higher figure than for any other country.

Canadians also like America, but not quite as much. Sixty-eight per cent of Canadians had a favourable view of America in a Pew poll last year; 26 per cent were unfavourable.

Canada even did better in the latest poll of Americans than some of the most popular figures of the recent past.

According to the Journal, Canada did even better than Michael Jordan (69 per cent positive) in 1997 and Pope John Paul II (65 per cent positive) in 1998.

Clinton held a six-point overall lead in the poll, 43 per cent to Trump’s 37 per cent. Libertarian Gary Johnson had 9 per cent, Green Jill Stein 3 per cent.

The poll of 1,000 registered voters was conducted by phone from Sept. 16 to Sept. 19. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.