Toronto – June 21, 2010 – As Canada prepares to play host to the world’s leaders at the G8 and G20 Summits, a new survey commissioned by The Historica-Dominion Institute, takes the pulse of the global community’s perceptions of Canada and Canadians.
With the state of the global economy and international relations as the major themes of the upcoming summits, the first part of the survey, entitled Canada and the World in 2010, focuses on the perceptions of Canada as an economic and world power.
The online survey of over 18,000 people in 24 countries, conducted by Ipsos Reid, shows that Canadians sometimes overestimate their own influence in world affairs as two in three Canadians (67%) agree that Canada has an influence on the world stage, while only 55% of global respondents agree. Those polled in Brazil and India were most likely (both 74%) to agree that Canada had influence in world affairs, while only one third of Japanese and Swedes agreed, making them least likely of the 24 countries polled to believe that Canada is influential on the world stage.
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“This survey gives us a real and measurable impression of where Canada stands in the eyes of the world,” says Andrew Cohen, President of The Historica-Dominion Institute. “In a world of more than 200 countries, we can be proud that we are generally well-regarded beyond our borders, although, as Canadians, we tend to be our own biggest fans and, sometimes, our own sharpest critics.”
The global survey is a project of The Historica-Dominion Institute in partnership with the Munk School of Global Affairs with the support of the Aurea Foundation.
The online poll of over 18,000 people was run across 24 countries that represent 75% of the world’s GDP. The results of the full survey will be released over a three-day period from June 21 to June 23 in the lead-up to the G8 and G20 Summits.
The Historica-Dominion Institute is the largest charitable organization dedicated to Canadian history, identity and citizenship. Its mandate is to build active and informed citizens through a greater knowledge and appreciation of the history, heritage and stories of Canada.
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