The Peace Arch park and crossing separate the United States and Blaine

Canada: America’s sweetheart, survey suggests

Canada, you're No. 1 in America's heart, U.S. online survey suggests

  • Sep. 17, 2014 11:00 a.m.

By The Canadian Press

WASHINGTON – Canada, you’re apparently America’s sweetheart — or so says a new survey.

When Americans were asked to rate their favourite nations, the cold country to the north elicited the warmest feelings.

Conducted since 1974, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey asked respondents this year to rate their feelings for other countries — with one being the coldest and 100 being the coziest.

Canada came out with a top score of 79 per cent. Britain was next, at 74 per cent. Germany, Japan and France all scored in the 60s, too. The U.S.’s other neighbour, Mexico, came in at 54 per cent.

As for its other findings, the survey also suggests Americans strongly support freer trade, military interventions in humanitarian crises, a global climate treaty, and diplomacy with hostile countries like Cuba, Iran and North Korea.

It also suggests Americans are fine with spying on hostile countries — but are equally dead-set against spying on friends.

The survey asks different questions, depending on the year. In 2010, 84 per cent of respondents said that, when it comes to world affairs, Canada was very or somewhat important to the U.S. — putting Canada third, after China and Britain.

Just Posted

Chinese Culture to light up 2019 Victoria Day Parade

Groups hopes Greater Victorians ‘view the culture, embrace the friendship’

Struggling Victoria adoption agency elects new board that intends to keep it open

The previous board announced that Choices would close May 31

Royal and McPherson Society pleads its case to Victoria council

‘Dark days’ at Royal, user groups’ weekend priorities make scheduling other entertainment challenging

Uplands Park champion to earn provincial award

B.C. Community Award for Margaret Lidkea coincides with Sunday’s volunteer celebration

Oak Bay Sgt. struggles through emotional testimony in double murder trial

Andrew Berry is charged with second-degree murder in deaths of daughters Chloe (6) and Aubrey (4)

VIDEO: Killer whales hunt for seals in Vancouver harbour

Bigg’s killer whales feed on marine mammals like seals, sea lions, dolphins and even other whales

Wanted by Crime Stoppers

Greater Victoria Crime Stoppers is seeking the public’s help in locating the… Continue reading

POLL: Do you think the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris should be rebuilt?

Images of one of the word’s most iconic landmarks were seared into… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C.’s waving granny gets incredible send-off from school kids

Tinney Davidson has been waving at students on their way to school for over 11 years, but is moving in a month

Island-born Snowbirds pilot enjoying homecoming in skies over Comox

Logan Reid once stood clinging onto the fence outside the Comox Air… Continue reading

Attack on student in Courtenay ‘way more than bullying’, says mom

A Comox Valley mother said “it was way more than bullying” at… Continue reading

Vancouver man, 19, charged in human trafficking case involving teen girl

The 16-year-old girl was reported missing and later discovered in Vancouver

Blaine, Wash. inn owner, charged with smuggling people into B.C., granted bail

Robert Joseph Boule ordered to turn away anyone indicating a plan to enter Canada illegally

Most Read