A new study has found that, compared to our neighbours to the south, Canadians seem to be more optimistic about the economy.
This could be seen as something of a surprise. After all, Canada's not actually in much better economic shape than the U.S.
We have only slightly better rates of unemployment, and our GDP is actually growing a little bit slower.
Still, a Pew Research Centre study on international attitudes toward the economy includes a head-to-head chart comparing U.S. and Canadian sentiments (which was picked up by Jordan Weissmann at The Atlantic), and on almost every question, Canadians answered more positively.
55 per cent of us are satisfied with our country, compared to only 31 per cent of people in the U.S.
When it comes to the economy, the gap's even wider: 33 per cent of Americans agreed with the statement "the economy is good." In Canada, 67 per cent believed that to be true.
We also scored better on questions about personal finances, having enough money for the basics, rising prices, unemployment, and public debt.
There are a couple of areas, according to the study, where Americans are a little bit more optimistic than we are: more respondents believed that their children would be better off than they are in the U.S. (33 to 27 per cent), and fewer Canadians said they expect their personal finances to improve (34 per cent of Canadians versus 43 per cent in the U.S.).
Pew suggests that their results prove that Canadians are comfortable with the way things are right now, while Americans are a little bit more optimistic about the future.
But as Weissman writes, "it's equally fair to conclude that Canadians already feel they have a pretty good lot, and there isn't room for dramatic improvement."
Via The Atlantic