On Tuesday, Pew Research released the results of a survey it conducted of Canadians. The toplines won't be much of a surprise; Canadians generally like the United States (far more than in 2007) and think President Obama is doing the right things internationally (though far less than in 2009).
Pew also looked at attitudes toward the Keystone XL pipeline, one of the most contentious issues in U.S.-Canada relations. The pipeline, if approved, would run from the Alberta tar sands down to Steele City, Neb. But it doesn't seem likely to be approved. The Obama administration has been holding off on granting it the permit it would need to cross the border into the United States, and if Obama is replaced by a Democrat, that's not likely to change before 2020.
What's interesting is how Canadians felt about the pipeline. It looked a lot like ... Americans.
If you compare demographic groups to overall attitudes about the pipeline, the two countries look pretty similar. This isn't apples-to-apples; the American data shows those who disapprove of Obama's decision to veto legislation that would have forced approval of the permit. What's more, the demographic groups don't completely overlap. Take political parties: Canada's New Democrats, Liberals and Conservatives don't map one-to-one with our Democrats, independents and Republicans.
But it's hard to tell from the comparison.
The things that concern each country's partisans are similar, too. Comparing the new Pew survey with its survey of Americans from August 2014, we can see that conservatives (small C) in each country are more worried about the Islamic State and Iran's nuclear program, while liberals are more worried about climate change.
In the United States, attitudes between Democrats and independents were much closer last year -- but that's no doubt changed over the past 14 months.
Anyway. The good news is that, should you move to Canada. you will generally be able to slide right into their political debates. The only thing is that you'll have to remember that, up there, the Liberals are red and the Conservatives are blue, and hard-core liberals will probably want to be New Democrats, which are orange.
And that's everything you need to know about Canadian politics.