Canadians prefer Obama over own leaders: poll
Canadians would vote Obama over our own national leaders, according to a new poll. Is this a vote of confidence for Obama, or a vote of frustration with the current political climate in Canada? Probably both I reckon.
A new poll suggests Canadians would prefer to vote for Barack Obama rather cast a ballot for their own political leaders, while 45 per cent of Americans envy Canada's health care system.
The bi-national survey, conducted by the Strategic Counsel for CTV and The Globe and Mail, showed that here in Canada, Obama was more admired than Prime Minister Stephen Harper -- or any other national leader.
"Some would read (the results) as an indictment of our political leaders," the Strategic Counsel's Peter Donolo told CTV.ca. "Others would say it's an acknowledgement of the phenomenal nature of Obama's appeal. He really is a prototype of his own; he's broken the mold."
Stephane Dion trailed far behind the other leaders, just ahead of Republican presidential nominee John McCain:
- Barack Obama: 26 per cent
- Stephen Harper: 21 per cent
- Hillary Clinton: 16 per cent
- Jack Layton: 9 per cent
- Gilles Duceppe: 6 per cent
- Stephane Dion: 5 per cent
- John McCain: 3 per cent
Obama appealed to people across Canada's political spectrum, with 24 per cent of conservative-minded voters choosing him and 28 per cent of liberal thinkers.