Obamamania—with an asterisk

Poll: Canadians love the president-elect, but have concerns about his policies

According to a new CBC/Ekos poll, Canadians still “have a crush on Obama” – but have deep concerns over some of his policies, particularly when it comes to NAFTA and Afghanistan. According to the survey, there is a “high level of worry” over the possibility that the president-elect will seek to reopen the trade deal: 62 per cent of those polled were “concerned or moderately concerned” that Canada would “suffer” as a result. On Afghanistan, the numbers show widespread resistance to the prospect of extending the mission past 2011. Fully 50 per cent of respondents would want Canada to refuse the president’s request, with just 33 per cent in favour.