Nik Nanos digs beneath the numbers on CBC News Network's Power & Politics to get at the political, economic and social forces that shape our lives.

This week: How do Canadians and Americans feel about closer cooperation to deal with possible security threats?

The number:

66

The percentage of Americans that want closer cooperation with Canada when it comes to national security.

The source: Nanos-SUNY North American Monitor online survey.

A recent Nanos-SUNY North American Monitor report, using parallel representative online samples of 1,000 Canadians and 1,000 Americans, found that fully two-thirds of Americans are in favour of closer cooperation on security between Canada and the United States.

Canadians do not seem to be as keen to strengthen ties with the U.S. when it comes to national security. Only 54 per cent responded that they want closer ties to the U.S. 

The online surveys were conducted on Aug. 31 and Sept. 1, 2012, a week before Canada's move to close the Iranian embassy here.

Canada-U.S. cooperation on security

In parallel online representative surveys, 1,000 Americans and 1,000 Canadians were asked: In terms of National Security (i.e. NATO, the United Nations) should Canada and the United States be moving towards greater and closer cooperation, or should they be maintaining separate national security policies and priorities?

Source: NANOS-SUNY North American Monitor, Sept. 2012

"For the Americans, they see the Canadians as natural partners. For a lot of Canadians we feel that maybe we're neglected or taken for granted," Nik Nanos told Power & Politics host Evan Solomon.

But, Nanos noted, the demand for cooperation on both sides seems to be waning.

"When we look at the trend over the last eight years, the further we get away from 9/11 the less the intensity of, what I'll say, demand for cooperation both in Canada and the United States," Nanos said.

However, with a majority of Canadians still supporting closer security ties with the U.S., Nanos said this is an issue the Harper government can use to resonate with voters.

Recognized as one of Canada's top research experts, Nik Nanos provides numbers-driven counsel to senior executives and major organizations. He leads the analyst team at Nanos, is a Fellow of the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association and a Research Associate Professor with SUNY (Buffalo).