A national survey has revealed that fewer than half of Canadians have a favourable opinion of the United States – the lowest level since the Environics Institute for Survey Research started keeping track of such data in 1982.

“There’s been a dramatic change” in opinions about the U.S., said Environics Institute for Survey Research executive director Keith Neuman.

Almost a fifth of survey respondents said they’ve changed U.S. travel plans because of the current political climate, and another eight percent are considering doing so.

The survey – based on telephone interviews with 2,000 Canadians and released exclusively to The Globe and Mail – also found that Canadians’ thoughts on immigration haven’t shifted in the last six months, with eight in 10 people agreeing that immigrants positively impact the economy.

“Public opinion about immigration among Canadians generally has either remained stable or become even more positive” in the past six months, said Neuman.

When respondents were asked if Canada allows too much immigration, more than six in 10 disagreed – the highest level in nine years.

The survey found that young people are more likely to believe immigration helps the economy, along with people living in Toronto, those born outside of Canada and those with higher income and education levels.

h/t The Globe and Mail