Polling commissioned across the United Kingdom and Canada has revealed significant public support for implementing free movement and foreign policy cooperation between the four CANZUK countries.
The snap polls, commissioned throughout July and August, asked Canadian and British citizens about their opinions regarding freedom of movement and foreign policy cooperation.
The first poll which surveyed Canadian adults asked:
“In your view, which country, or group of countries, should Canada collaborate with to develop a coordinated foreign policy strategy?”
Of the 1,003 adults surveyed, 37.8% of respondents favoured collaboration with Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (CANZUK), compared to 31.1% for the United States, 19.3% for the European Union and 8.4% favouring foreign policy coordination with no countries.
One month later, 1,034 Canadians were also asked which country, or group of countries, the Canadian government should negotiate with to introduce reciprocal living and working rights for citizens. Again, CANZUK was the favoured choice among 32.3% of respondents, with 30% favouring the United States and 20% favouring the European Union (17.7% preferred no country or countries).
Finally, 1,113 British citizens were also asked the same question regarding reciprocal living and working rights for citizens, to which over 38% favoured CANZUK. Only 18.4% preferred free movement with the United States, 28.6% preferred the European Union and only 14.7% said they did not wish for free movement at all.
The results of the snap polling demonstrates growing support for closer cooperation between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom and a considerable mandate for national governments across the CANZUK countries to implement measures in support of such proposals.
CANZUK International will continue to survey Canadians following the federal election of September 20th and commence polling of Australians and New Zealanders in the coming weeks. Full results of the polls will be published in due course.
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