Despite the US and Canada seeing each other’s country benefiting more from NAFTA, both Countries favor the Agreement and think leaving it would hurt their Economies

Two new Emerson College survey’s looked at attitudes of Americans and Canadians in regards to NAFTA, National Leaders and Marijuana Legalization. The results of these studies will be presented at the Bridgewater State’s Undergraduate Research Symposium on Canada, the US and Quebec in the Age of Trump on March 23, 2018. Highlights of the results are listed below.

• Which Country Benefits More from NAFTA

  • US residents think Canada benefits more from NAFTA 33 to 25% o Canadian residents think US benefits more from NAFTA 38% to 12%

• Do you Favor or Oppose NAFTA

  • US residents favor NAFTA 45% to 29% o Canadian residents favor NAFTA 54% to 19%

• Effect of Home Country Withdrawal from NAFTA

  • 48% of US residents think withdrawal would hurt the economy and 25% say it would help the economy
  • 71% of Canadian residents think would hurt the economy and 16% say it would help the economy

• NAFTA effect on jobs

  • 38% of US residents think NAFTA take away jobs in their area while 24% say it creates jobs
  • 33% of Canadian residents think NAFTA take away jobs in their area while 31% say it creates jobs

• NAFTA effect on Monthly Energy Costs

  • 17% of US residents think NAFTA is decreasing their monthly costs and 13% say it is increasing costs
  • 6% of Canadian residents think NAFTA is decreasing their monthly costs and 19% say it is increasing costs

• NAFTA effect on Illegal Border Crossings

  • 29% of US residents think NAFTA has cause illegal border crossings to increase while 14% said it helped decrease this activity
  • 26% of Canadian residents think NAFTA has cause illegal border crossings to increase while 6% said it helped decrease this activity

• NAFTA “worst trade deal in the history of the world”

  • 11% of US residents agreed with this statement
  • 12% of Canadian residents agreed with this statement

• Opinion of Country leaders

  • President Trump
  • US residents: 39% favorable/ 49% unfavorable opinion § Canadian residents: 21% favorable/ 73% unfavorable opinion
  • Prime Minister Trudeau
  • US residents: 42% favorable/ 20% unfavorable opinion § Canadian residents: 44% favorable/ 31% unfavorable opinion

• Legalization of Marijuana

  • 56% of US residents support legalization while 36% oppose
  • 60% of Canadian residents support legalization while 33% oppose

Methodology:

  • The Emerson College United States and Canada NAFTA surveys were conducted under the Supervision of Dr. Vincent Raynould and Professor Spencer Kimball.

Canada Caller ID

  • Data was collected March 13-20, 2018 via an online panel of Canadian residents provided by Survey Sampling International (SSI). o The Confidence Interval for n=400 is +/-5.2 percentage points.
  • Data was weighted based on the Canadian National Household Survey by age, income, gender, and education.

United States Caller ID

  • Data was collected March 13-15, 2018 via an online panel of United States residents provided by Survey Sampling International (SSI). o The Confidence Interval for n=400 is +/-5.2 percentage points.
  • Data was weighted based on the American Community Survey data for the US by age, ethnicity, and education.

Transparency Initiative

Results