U.S. cited as negative force in the world
While Canadians see the United States as important, when asked what countries stand out as being a negative force in the world, 52 per cent of respondents named the U.S.
The next most common answers were Iran (22 per cent), Iraq (19 per cent) and China (13 per cent).
"It's not necessarily a sign of anti-Americanism, but a concern about the direction the country is going," Neuman said.
He said the overall opinion of the United States was much higher in surveys done in the 1980s, but that opinion started to drop in 2001, hitting an all-time low in 2006.
Neuman said other studies have shown that people's opinions of the U.S. are negative because they are uncomfortable with the country's foreign policy, including the invasion of Iraq. They also cite discomfort with U.S. President George W. Bush, who took office in January 2001.
"I think the fact that Canadians pay so much attention to the U.S. election is a sign that they really care about the United States, a sign that they want it to get back to where it was before," Neuman said.The big question is will our next president make significant changes to our foreign police? To read more about what Canadians think click here.