Canadian Public Opinion Trends
Source Canadian Opinion Research Archive
http:///www.queensu.ca/cora/trends
Canadian Foreign Policy and Canada-US Relations - Post-9/11
Opinion of the United States
In general, what is your opinion of the United States? Is it very favourable, somewhat favourable, somewhat unfavourable, or very unfavourable?
Year Month Very Favourable Somewhat Favourable Somewhat Unfavourable Very Unfavourable DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2001 Q3 28.5 51.4 13.6 4 2.5 1980 q34 FC013 Environics
2003 Q1 15.9 44.5 26.4 12 1.2 2012 q43 FC031 Environics
2003 Q2 19.8 42 22.9 12.8 2.5 2018 q19 FC032 Environics
2004 Q2 14.3 39.4 26.7 17.8 1.8 2020 q51 FC042 Environics
2004 Q4 14.7 39.4 27.7 16.4 1.7 2020 q43 FC044 Environics
2005 Q3 10.3 40.5 29.3 17.5 2.4 2024 q90 FC053 Environics
2006 Q2 11.3 36.7 28.1 16.2 1.3 2036 q65 FC062 Environics
2007 Q1 12.3 43.9 26.3 16.3 1.2 2030 q34 FC071 Environics
2008 Q2 10.2 39.8 29.4 17.9 2.7 2025 q57 FC082 Environics
2008 Q4 15.9 50.4 22.8 8.6 2.3 2021 q25 FC084 Environics
2009 Q1 10.8 41.0 26.7 19.6 1.9 2020 q24 FC091 Environics
2009 Q2 17.5 53.8 18.7 7.2 2.8 2023 Q13 FC092 Environics
2009 Q4 16.2 54.3 17.8 7.2 4.6 1209 Q7 FC094 Environics
2010 Q1 17.7 57.5 17.8 5.4 2.3 2020 q71 FC2010 Environics
2011 Q1 12.9 51.7 24.3 8.2 2.9 1500 Q44 FC2011 Environics
Opinion of US President George W. Bush
Generally speaking, what is your opinion of US President George W. Bush? Is it very favourable, somewhat favourable, somewhat unfavourable, or very unfavourable?
Year Month Very Favourable Somewhat Favourable Somewhat Unfavourable Very Unfavourable DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2003 Q2 7.9 29.4 25.7 34.7 2.3 2018 q24 FC032 Environics
2005 Q3 4.7 16.5 23.7 53.8 1.3 2024 q93 FC053 Environics
Feelings About September 11 Terrorist Attacks
How upset were you personally about the September 11 terrorist attack on the World Trade Centre and the Pentagon? Would you say you were very, somewhat, not very or not at all upset?
Year Month Very Upset Somewhat Upset Not Very Upset Not At All Upset DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2001 Q3 79.3 16.3 2.6 1.5 0.3 2025 q37 FC013 Environics
Feelings Canada's Response to September 11 Terrorist Attacks
With regards to Canada's response to the terrorist attack on the United States, some people say Canada should unequivocally back ANY American efforts to pursue and retaliate against those THOUGHT TO BE responsible for the attack, even to the extent of committing Canadian Forces in conflict situations. Other people say Canada should offer moral and humanitarian support to the United States, but that our efforts should be focussed on addressing the root causes of terrorism, such as the despair and poverty of displaced peoples around the globe. Which view is closer to your own?
Year Month Unequivocal support for the US Focus on root causes of terrorism Neither Both DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2001 Q3 44.4 48 2.3 4 1.3 2031 q38 FC013 Environics
Canadian Government's Support for US
In the wake of the terrorist attacks, do you think the Canadian government's policies and statements have been too supportive of American policies, not supportive enough, or have they struck the right balance?
Year Month Too Supportive Not Supportive Enough Struck the Right Balance DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2001 Q3 9.2 22.5 66 2.3 2031 q39 FC013 Environics
2001 Q4 17.6 19.6 60.4 2.5 2000 q79 FC014 Environics
Approval of Intervention in Iraq
Recently, US President George W. Bush has discussed the possibility of American intervention to topple the government of Saddam Hussein in Iraq. Would you approve or disapprove of this action? Would that be strongly or somewhat?
Year Month Strongly Approve Somewhat Approve Somewhat Disapprove Strongly Disapprove DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2003 Q1 19.8 17.3 16.5 44.1 2.3 2012 q47 FC031 Environics
Canadian Involvement in Iraq Intervention
Would you approve or disapprove of Canada's participation in this American military intervention in Iraq? Would that be strongly or somewhat?
Year Month Strongly Approve Somewhat Approve Somewhat Disapprove Strongly Disapprove DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2003 Q1 17.5 17.3 15.9 48 1.2 2012 q48 FC031 Environics
Now that the US - led war in Iraq is essentially over do you think that the Canadian government made the right or the wrong decision by not participating in the military intervention in Iraq?
Year Month Right Decision Wrong Decision DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2004 Q2 81.9 15.6 2.5 2020 q47 FC042 Environics
US National Missile Defence Shield (2000s)
The United States is currently developing a new national missile defence system. In general, do you favour or oppose Canada becoming involved with this new missile defence system?
Year Month Strongly Favour Somewhat Favour Somewhat Oppose Strongly Oppose DK/NA Valid N Variable Survey Firm
2006 Q1 16 25 17.3 38.5 3.2 2035 q29 EFC061 Environics
2004 Q4 16.4 22.3 20.2 37.8 3.2 2020 q49 EFC044 Environics
2004 Q2 18.9 26 18 32.7 4.4 2020 q54 EFC042 Environics
2003 Q2 26.7 27.3 15.8 26.9 3.4 2018 q27 EFC032 Environics
2001 Q1 21.3 29.2 18.6 31 3.1 2035 q58 EFC011 Environics
2000 Q2 23.7 35.7 20.8 19.8 3.1 2038 q54 EFC002 Environics
US National Missile Defence Shield ("Star Wars" Program - 1980s)
There has been a lot of talk recently about the Strategic Defence Initiative or "Star Wars" research program, being proposed by the United States. As you may know, the United States has invited several countries, including Canada, to participate in this p
Year Month Strongly Favour Favour No Opinion Oppose Strongly Oppose Valid N Variable Survey Firm
1985 June 14.7 33.5 6.2 24.7 20.9 1500 r1024 DQ22 Decima