With voting underway in the US, many of you likely wish you could cast a ballot to decide who would become president.
A new poll from Mainstreet/Postmedia asked a little over 5,000 Canadians coast-to-coast who they would elect if they had their say.
“62 per cent said they would support Ms. Clinton, 26 per cent support Mr. Trump,” explains David Valentin with Mainstreet Research. “A little more support in Alberta than the national average but still an overwhelming lead for Ms. Clinton here in Alberta.”
Valentin says Hilary Clinton would win in a landslide if it were up to you.
“Nationally, 68 per cent of Canadians would support Hilary Clinton and only 17 per cent for Donald Trump,” explains Valentin. “I don’t know what kind of night Mr. Trump will have south of the border but he would not have a good night up here.”
Mainstreet/Postmedia also asked whether Canada’s immigration should be lightened for Americans looking to move to Canada if they don’t like the election outcome.
Valentin says it was an overwhelming “no” from respondents.
“Would they actually support making it easier for these people to move to our country and 72 per cent of Canadians said no,” explains Valentin. “If Donald Trump becomes president, I guess they’re stuck with him.”
He says the numbers change slightly when looking only at Alberta responses.
“When it comes to Albertans, a little higher than the national average, 74 per cent of Albertans say they do not want to make it any easier at all for Americans to come over and live here, if Donald Trump is elected,” explain Valentin. “It is still a big if as we don’t know what the election results will be and we won’t know until later tonight.”
The poll asked 5,066 Canadians, 601 of them Albertans, to answer the brief questionnaire about the US election.
There will be some Edmontonians watching very closely as the election unfolds in the States.
American/Canadian citizen and city of Edmonton employee Dale Hamblin told 630 CHED news that things won’t be same even once this is over.
“Whoever wins, there’s going to be a lot of hate and resentment, and it’s going to be a long time coming down off of this one.”
Hamblin said even from up here in Canada, it’s been sad for him to watch how divisive this election has been from the start.
“It just kindles anger from one group against another, it hasn’t benefitted anyone I don’t think.”
For all the fighting back and forth, he feels there are likely few people who actually changed their minds. (twd, kdr)