Canadians have growing faith in the United States as a trustworthy and reliable international ally, but are losing faith in the man who currently leads the country, according to a new poll.
In the Pew Research Center survey released Wednesday, just 61% of Canadian respondents said they had confidence in President Joe Biden to do the right thing on the world stage _ a sharp drop from 77% who said the same. in 2021.
At the same time, 84% of Canadians who participated said they viewed the United States as a somewhat or very reliable partner – a 16-point increase from the previous year, with 21% describing their southern neighbor as very reliable, compared to 11%% in 2021.
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These findings are broadly consistent with the center’s findings in other countries around the world and likely reflect continued momentum following Donald Trump’s departure from the White House, said Richard Wike, director of global attitudes research at Pew.
“This measure of reliability is definitely where we’ve seen movement in a positive direction, with more people _ including in Canada _ saying the United States is a more reliable partner,” Wike said.
“Last year was positive, and it’s even more so this time around.”
For Biden, however, Pew found the exact opposite, though Wike said it likely represented a chill in post-Trump euphoria rather than outright disappointment with Biden’s performance to date.
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“Last year he benefited in many places, in part, from not being Trump, which was very unpopular in most of those countries,” Wike said.
“Is it important to note that there is still a positive for Biden? it is about six out of 10 people in these countries who trust it.
The Canadian portion of the survey was conducted by telephone with 1,324 respondents between February 14 and April 24 and has a margin of error of 3.3 percentage points.
Biden has struggled for months to gain political traction among Americans in a year of midterm elections, a common fate for new presidents but one that has been greatly amplified in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. and the global impact of the war in Ukraine.
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With inflation and gas prices testing new thresholds, Biden’s approval ratings have reached new depths. Only 39% of respondents to a recent USA Today/Suffolk poll gave the president a passing grade, with 47% saying they strongly disapproved of his performance and seven in 10 saying the country was on the wrong track.
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Outside the US, last year’s botched withdrawal from Afghanistan did not help matters: while respondents in 17 countries narrowly supported the decision to withdraw US troops, they largely disagreed. how it was handled.
In Canada, 50% of respondents said pulling out was the right move for the United States, with 40% disagreeing and 10% saying they didn’t know. But 62% said it was done poorly, compared to 33% who said it was handled well.
“In every country except Germany, trust in Biden to do the right thing in global affairs (was) much lower among people who think the US pullout from Afghanistan was mishandled,” he said. Pew said in a statement.
Among Canadians who said the withdrawal was mishandled, only 54% said they trusted the president to do the right thing in global affairs.
Although he asked participants about their attitudes towards NATO and Russian President Vladimir Putin, he did not include specific questions regarding Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, which began on February 24.
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But Wike said the results likely reflected the sense of international solidarity emerging at the time toward Ukraine and its allies, including the United States, which played a key role in building a global coalition to opposition to Russian aggression and in the supply of arms and aid to Ukraine.
“I think it’s logical to conclude that some of this increase, in terms of people viewing the United States as a reliable partner, is likely related to the perception that the United States is working closely with allies. and partners to support Ukraine.”
The Pew poll revealed few surprises when it comes to attitudes in Canada and around the world toward Putin and Russia.
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Nearly nine out of 10 Canadian respondents _ 89 per cent _ said they had no faith in the Russian president to do the right thing on world affairs, up from 34 per cent in 2001, a result broadly consistent with lows records recorded in other countries.
Similarly, member countries expressed a generally positive attitude towards NATO, including large increases in support among respondents in Germany, the UK, Poland and even Sweden, a non-member who has since applied for membership in the military alliance.
In Canada, 65% of respondents said they have a favorable view of NATO, down two percentage points from the 2021 survey.
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