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Canada Is America's Sweetheart, U.S. Online Survey Suggests

09/16/2014 05:17 EDT | Updated 06/16/2017 00:54 EDT
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WASHINGTON - Canada, you're apparently America's sweetheart — or so says a new survey.

When Americans were asked to rate their favourite nations, the cold country to the north elicited the warmest feelings.

Conducted since 1974, the Chicago Council on Global Affairs survey asked respondents this year to rate their feelings for other countries — with one being the coldest and 100 being the coziest.

Canada came out with a top score of 79 per cent. Britain was next, at 74 per cent. Germany, Japan and France all scored in the 60s, too. The U.S.'s other neighbour, Mexico, came in at 54 per cent.

As for its other findings, the survey also suggests Americans strongly support freer trade, military interventions in humanitarian crises, a global climate treaty, and diplomacy with hostile countries like Cuba, Iran and North Korea.

It also suggests Americans are fine with spying on hostile countries — but are equally dead-set against spying on friends.

The survey asks different questions, depending on the year. In 2010, 84 per cent of respondents said that, when it comes to world affairs, Canada was very or somewhat important to the U.S. — putting Canada third, after China and Britain.