Poll: Obama's popularity rises in Canada

Sept. 21, 2009 at 11:45 AM
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TORONTO, Sept. 21 (UPI) -- U.S. President Barack Obama's fight for healthcare and a cleaner environment has made him more popular than ever in Canada, a poll indicates.

"At the moment, he's fighting for the things Canadians believe in," Greg Lyle of the Innovative Research Group told Canwest News Service in an exclusive story published Monday.

In the poll commissioned by the Canadian Defense and Foreign Affairs Institute, 52 percent said they saw Obama's presidency as a positive thing for the United States -- a slight increase over a poll taken when Obama won the presidency in November.

The widespread dislike for former U.S. President George W. Bush helped boost Obama's popularity, Lyle said.

"What you have is the president we've disliked most in recent history and the president we've liked most," Lyle said.

A total of 1,027 people were interviewed Friday and Saturday for the poll, which had a margin of error of 3.06 percentage points, Lyle said.

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