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Most Canadians think well of U.S.: poll

TORONTO - There may be battles over softwood lumber and disagreements about the war in Iraq, but Canadians still think Americans make pretty good neighbours.

A poll conducted for CBC

News and nine other broadcasters shows that 81 per cent of Canadians have a favourable attitude toward America. Only 16 per cent said their attitude was unfavourable.

L?ger Marketing interviewed 1,000 Canadians in late May. The national results are considered accurate within 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

Economic policies

When asked whether American economic policies make Canada richer or poorer, 31 per cent believed Canada is better off because of the U.S., while 40 per cent said the country is poorer.

The survey also asked about the influence of American consumer products and entertainment in Canada.

About 44 per cent felt it was too great, while 49 per cent said it was about right.

Canadians were almost evenly split on the question of whether the U.S. was right to invade Iraq. About 44 per cent agreed with the invasion, while 47 per cent said it was wrong.

The full results of the survey, including what other countries think of America, will be aired Tuesday night on CBC Newsworld at 8 p.m. EDT and on CBC Television at 9 p.m. EDT.

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