This is how Canadians view world leaders: poll

Jun 5 2018, 1:27 pm

This week, leaders from around the world will gather in Quebec for the G7 summit.

The summit also marks the first time Donald Trump will visit Canada as President.

And while Canadians are generally warm and welcoming, that isn’t necessarily the case in terms of our views of world leaders.

According to a recent Angus Reid Poll, Canadians view the US president as “corrupt,” “arrogant,” and “a liar.”

The poll also found that Trump is joined in the Canadian “public opinion dog house” by another major world leader, Russian President Vladimir Putin. Putin is most commonly described as “corrupt.”

On the other hand, British Prime Minister Teresa May, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and French President Emmanuel Macron figure much more positively in the Canadian consciousness. Each leader was commonly described as “strong,” “influential,” or “charismatic.”

Angus Reid Poll

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is met with a mix of positive and negative descriptors from the Canadian public. He is seen as “charismatic” and “compassionate,” but also “weak,” “arrogant,” and “bumbling.”

Another leader joining the summit is Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is generally viewed as “influential,” “strong,” and “strategic,” but also “secretive” and “corrupt.”

The poll found that the three remaining leaders are unknown to most Canadians. Seven in 10 Canadians say they are unfamiliar with Japanese PM Shinzo Abe.

Similarly, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is still unknown to three-quarters of Canadians, while Brazilian President Michel Temer is even less well-known.

The G7 Summit takes place on June 8 and 9, hosted at the luxurious (and very) remote Fairmont Le Manoir Richelieu in the Charlevoix region of Quebec.

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