Geographically neighbours, Canada and the United Sates share a lot of different things like language, history or an important part of their culture. They are also linked together in a political way, for instance by being two of the three participant countries of the NAFTA. All that elements can bring us to think that there is a real solidarity between the two countries. But global and domestic contexts are evolving and even if Canada stays an important support for the United States, both countries are taking different political paths. Indeed, the United State's evolution of global politics in the latest years, with the nine eleven event and the Iraqi war, bring the United States to act in a very radical way. That is why it seems interesting to have a look on what Canadian people think about Americano-Canadian relationships. Thus, we are going to focus on how Canadian public opinion perceives the evolution in the evolution between Canada and the United States.
[...] So we can conclude that in a general way, Canadian people think that the relations Canada-USA are worsening, as we can see on the survey QA5, where of people think that the United State's reputation has deteriorated. We can also be aware of the reasons of these tenses and it appears that according to most of the Canadians, the main factor of disaccord between both countries is the war in Iraq ( 45.5 Therefore, Canadian seems to be aware of all political disaccords between the two countries. [...]
[...] For instance, Quebec seems to always be less in favour for the United States than other Canadian regions ( 14.9 percents of Quebecois are motivate for give up a trip in the United States versus only 3.2 percents of Atlantic people, and 17.7 percents of Quebecois think that the relationship between the two countries has been tense whereas 28.7 percents of Atlantic people do.) These gaps can be explained by diverse factors. Culture or traditions, for instance can be seen as able to shape public opinion. [...]
[...] Thus their experience shapes them toward the acceptation of this culture and the assimilation of the United States as a culturally close neighbour. This can explain the Legermarketing's survey where we can see that 50 percents of Canadian people see the United States as the Canada's best friend against only 20 percents of Americans. American people were not so affected buy Canadian culture such as the reverse. If the age is an important consideration to understand public opinion, the concept of class, originally setting up by Karl Marx, can bring another explanation of the opinion's diversity. [...]
[...] Indeed, the War in Iraq is thought as the phenomenon the most likely to increase the tensions between Canada and the United States ( 45.5 percents versus 25.4 percents for the softwood lumber crisis and 26.1 percent for the embargo on Canadian beef). Or, it seems that the Medias emphasized more on the war in Iraq. This answer can thus have been shape by the focus of the media on this issue. It is a “fashion effect”, nine eleven was a very covered event by the media and that leads to increase the people consciousness about the danger of terrorism. [...]
[...] In a general stand point, it seems that more people are rich, more they have a bad vision of the relationships between the United States and Canada. Therefore percents of low property people versus 26.3 percents of people earning between and dollars perceive the Canadian-United States relationships as very tense. However, this tendency is not valid for the education level. Indeed, regarding this consideration, high education lead people to be more moderate. Nevertheless, the tendency remains valid in this moderate sight since 59.8 percents of people who went to the University think that the relations are become somewhat tense over the past versus 49.4 percents of high school and grade school graduates. [...]
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