Clinton best candidate for Canada: Nanos poll
Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton addresses supporters at her Super Tuesday election night rally in Miami, Tuesday, March 1, 2016. (AP / Gerald Herbert)
Published Tuesday, March 1, 2016 10:00PM EST
If Canadians could vote for the next U.S. president, there’d be a clear favourite: Hillary Clinton.
This is according to a new Nanos poll in which Canadians were asked “Which of the following candidates running for U.S. president do you think would be most favourable to Canada’s interests?”
It turns out the former First Lady and former Secretary of State is a sizeable favourite even over fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders. Clinton polled at 37 per cent, compared to Sanders at 26 per cent.
Both Democratic Party candidates scored far higher than their Republican counterparts.
Out of the G.O.P. candidates vying for the nominee, Donald Trump scored highest at seven per cent, edging out Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio, who scored five per cent and four per cent, respectively. Only one per cent of respondents chose longshot Ben Carson.
One-fifth of all Canadians polled, however, believed that none of the American presidential hopefuls would be a benefit to Canadians.
Clinton comes out ahead
Out of all the candidates, Clinton polled the highest in each age, region and gender demographic. She scored especially high among females and those living in Atlantic Canada.
Looking across the divide, each Republican’s best region was the Prairies. The contentious Trump scored highest, with 13 per cent of those polled in the region saying he’d be a boon to the country.
Cruz scored 10 per cent in the region, followed by Rubio (eight per cent) and Carson (two per cent).
But while the Republicans were at their strongest in the Prairies, none scored as high in the area as Clinton (24 per cent) or Sanders (21 per cent).
Republican candidates also tended to score higher among male respondents, but again, even the top earning Republican in that category (Trump, at 10 per cent) couldn’t touch Clinton (30 per cent) or Sanders (29 per cent).
Nanos conducted an RDD dual frame (land-and cell-lines) hybrid telephone and online random survey of 1,000 Canadians, 18 years of age or older, between February 22ndto 24th, 2016 as part of an omnibus survey.
The margin of error for a random survey of 1,000 Canadians is ±3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.