Saturday, 21 November 2009

Pop quiz

Quiz time. If Americans and Canadians were both asked, on a scale ranging from "strongly agree" to "strongly disagree", their response to "[Your country]
should follow its own interests, even if this leads to conflict with other nations", which country would you expect to prove more unilateralist: the friendly and conciliatory Canucks, or the Americans?
Unilateralist Position Question: : Canada should follow its own interests, even if this leads to conflict with other nations? (5 year change in brackets)

Strongly agree 16.5% (-5.3%)
Agree 45.5% (+6.2%)
Neither agree nor disagree 20.5% (+2.5%)
Disagree 13.6% (-1.7%)
Strongly disagree 2.5% (-1.0%)
Can't choose 1.5% (-0.5%)

The US should follow its own interests, even if this leads to conflict with other nations? (5 year change in brackets)

Strongly agree 21.2% (+2.7%)
Agree 31.6% (+0.1%)
Neither agree nor disagree 21.7% (+1.5%)
Disagree 15.8% (-4.5%)
Strongly disagree 6.3% (-1.1%)
Can't choose 3.5% (+1.4%)
So about 62% of Canadians agree or strongly agree while only 53% of Americans do. Interesting. Full "Nanos - UB North American Monitor Report" results here. They argue the numbers here reflect Canadian opposition to joining in with the US in the Iraq war; me, I blame the Molson ads.

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