Canadians optimistic about economy: Poll

Western Canadians and Conservative supporters most optimistic

Canadians are very optimistic about an economic recovery, according to a new poll.

A new Canadian Press Harris-Decima survey of 1,000 Canadians found six in 10 of them think the economy will bounce back at least twice as strongly as it will in the United States.

"We wanted to see: Are Canadians feeling that good about how things are? And what the data told us is, 'Yes, they are,'" said Jeff Walker, vice-president at Harris-Decima.

"They feel like things are really rebounding, that things are turning around, and that based on what they observe about the U.S., that it could be the case that we have twice the level of growth they do this year."

Western Canadians are slightly more optimistic about the economic recovery than those in Atlantic Canada and Quebec, found the poll.

Conservative supporters are most confident about the economy's rebound, with 70 per cent of them thinking Canada's economy would outperform that of the U.S., compared to 65 per cent for Liberal supporters, 62 per cent for Bloc Québécois and 48 per cent for NDP.

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