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Polling Reveals Canada’s Strong Affiliation With Australia & UK

The latest polling in Canada has revealed which countries Canadian citizens favour the most, with the CANZUK countries topping the global list.

Canada views CANZUK countries as the most favourable in the world, according to recent polling (photo: Macdonald-Laurier Institute)
Written by James Skinner
James is the Founder & Chief Executive of CANZUK International in Toronto, Canada


A recent study conducted on behalf of the Macdonald-Laurier Institute polled Canadian citizens about which countries they feel most positively towards and their feelings about Canada’s place in the internartional community.

Polling was conducted on 1,023 Canadians between September 28th – 30th 2020, and respondents were asked a variety of questions in both English and French.

As a strong demonstration of the close relationships between CANZUK countries, Australia and the United Kingdom topped the list, with Canadian citizens ranking the two countries as some of their most favourable in the world (New Zealand was not included in the study).

Australia was ranked as the most favourable country, polling +71% with the Canadian public. The United Kingdom was close behind with +49%.

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This was in stark contrast to many other countries in the world, such as the United States (receiving -44% favorability), Russia (-64%) and China (-67%).

Opinions of Australia and the United Kingdom also varied between each Province (all positively). The United Kingdom was most favoured in British Columbia (62% of the public) and Québec (60% of the public), while Australia was most favoured in British Columbia (79% of the public) and the Prairies (78% of the public).

The polling results also revealed that 72% of Canadians believe Canada should be more influential on the world stage, which could easily be accomplished through closer diplomatic cooperation with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom under a CANZUK alliance.

The survey conducted by the Macdonald-Laurier Institute also compliments polling conducted in 2018, whereby 73% of Canadians said they favour implementing free movement with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom. This was also reciprocated throughout all CANZUK countries, with 73% in Australia, 82% in New Zealand and 68% in the United Kingdom also favouring free movement between the four nations.

The polling confirms the strong affiliations that Canadian citizens have with Australia and the United Kingdom, and that implementing policies of free movement and trade between the CANZUK countries is a common-sense approach that would thrive given their close cultural and historical relationships.

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