People in Canada and Britain maintain a high level of allegiance to the incumbent president of the United States as he seeks a new term in office, a new Angus Reid Public Opinion poll has found.
In the online survey of representative national samples, a majority of respondents (60% in Canada and 54% in Britain) claim that having Barack Obama as President of the United States has been “very good” or “good” for their countries.
In Canada, Quebecers (74%) and British Columbians (68%) are especially satisfied with Obama’s presidency. In Britain, the American head of state is more popular in the North of England (56%) and least popular in London (50%).
If they could vote in this year’s American presidential election, two third of Canadians (65%) and half of Britons (51%) would cast a ballot for Obama. Support for Republican Party contender Mitt Romney in both countries is in single digits.
In Canada, Obama would “get” at least two thirds of the votes from Canadians who supported the Green Party (77%), the New Democratic Party (NDP) (71%) and the Bloc Québécois (67%) in the 2011 federal election. Obama is also popular among Liberal Party supporters (59%). Conservative voters in Canada would pick Obama over Romney by a 2-to-1 margin (51% to 25%).
In Britain, Obama attracts three-in-five respondents who voted for the Liberal Democrats (62%) and the Labour Party (61%) in the 2010 General Election, as well as 56 per cent of those who supported the Conservative Party.
While majorities of Canadians (55%) and Britons (52%) believe that Obama has performed about the same as they expected since he took office, one-in-five Canadians (19%) think the American president has done worse than they originally thought, compared to just 13 per cent of Britons.
One third of Canadians (33%) and 37 per cent of Britons think it is too early to judge Obama’s accomplishments as head of state. About one-in-five respondents in each country (22% in Canada, 21% in Britain) believe Obama has accomplished little, while one-in-four Canadians (26%) and 20 per cent of Britons say the American president has accomplished much.
Mario Canseco, Vice President, Angus Reid Public Opinion
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Methodology: From May 16 to May 22, 2012, Angus Reid Public Opinion conducted an online survey among 1,010 randomly selected Canadian adults who are Angus Reid Forum panelists, and 1,969 randomly selected British adults who are Springboard UK panelists. The margin of error—which measures sampling variability—is +/- 3.1% for Canada and 2.2% for Britain. The results have been statistically weighted according to the most current education, age, gender and region Census data to ensure a sample representative of the entire adult population of Canada and Britain. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.