In an Angus Reid Poll that the mainstream media has seemed to ignore, the glaring answer to the age old question becomes apparent. h/t to my friend Grant Orchard for this one.
Below is a July 22/08 Angus Reid Strategies poll that's quite sensational in what it reveals about what Canadians think about NAFTA: (be sure to click on the pdf link on the page for all the polling data).
Here are some of the results — from a representative poll by one of Canada's most respected polling firms:
• Only 7% of Canadians asked believe Canada has been the main beneficiary of NAFTA (only 3% of the women asked believe it).
• A clear majority of Canadians see the U.S. (46%) and Mexico (30%) as the countries that benefited the most and 17% are not sure.
• More than half, 52%, think that Canada should do whatever is necessary to renegotiate the terms of NAFTA and 11% think that Canada should do whatever is necessary to leave NAFTA.
• 56% of those who intend to vote Liberal in the next election think that NAFTA should be renegotiated. (And, interestingly, 52% of Conservative and Bloc supporters think so too.)
Not surprisingly, this poll has received scant attention in the media, so please forward far and wide!