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32% of Manitobans made good on vow to snub U.S.: poll

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files</p><p>A recent Probe Research survey has found that the number of Manitobans travelling to the U.S. is down significantly since the election of U.S. President, Donald Trump.</p>

TREVOR HAGAN / WINNIPEG FREE PRESS files

A recent Probe Research survey has found that the number of Manitobans travelling to the U.S. is down significantly since the election of U.S. President, Donald Trump.

Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, nearly one-third of Manitobans said they’d be less likely to vacation in the U.S. because of the political climate there.

A year later, it turns out they’ve followed through on their self-imposed travel ban, a new Winnipeg Free Press/Probe Research survey suggests.

When asked late last year if they had cancelled or decided against a trip to the United States in the past six months because of the political climate, 29 per cent of Manitobans who took part in the survey said they would be less likely to vacation south of the border. A followup survey this year found about one-third (32 per cent) of respondents did cancel or reconsider travel plans to the United States in recent months because of the political climate.

“When we did the initial poll question last year, I had some questions about whether or not people would follow through,” Probe Research associate Mary Agnes Welch said Wednesday. “It appears that a significant number of Manitobans said, ‘Yes, we reconsidered our travel plans in the U.S. because of the political atmosphere.’”

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Shortly after Donald Trump was elected president of the United States in 2016, nearly one-third of Manitobans said they’d be less likely to vacation in the U.S. because of the political climate there.

A year later, it turns out they’ve followed through on their self-imposed travel ban, a new Winnipeg Free Press/Probe Research survey suggests.

When asked late last year if they had cancelled or decided against a trip to the United States in the past six months because of the political climate, 29 per cent of Manitobans who took part in the survey said they would be less likely to vacation south of the border. A followup survey this year found about one-third (32 per cent) of respondents did cancel or reconsider travel plans to the United States in recent months because of the political climate.

"When we did the initial poll question last year, I had some questions about whether or not people would follow through," Probe Research associate Mary Agnes Welch said Wednesday. "It appears that a significant number of Manitobans said, ‘Yes, we reconsidered our travel plans in the U.S. because of the political atmosphere.’"

Only Manitobans who live outside Winnipeg were more likely to report they had not reconsidered vacationing in the United States in recent months. While one-third of Manitobans said they stuck to their guns and followed through on their pledge not to vacation in the U.S., most surveyed said Trump’s influence wouldn’t stop them from having a holiday south of the border.

"Half said, ‘Heck no — I’m still going to the States,’" Welch said. "That’s a pretty big number."

Statistics available on the North Dakota Tourism website show a four per cent decrease in the number of Canadian border crossings in the first quarter of 2017, compared with the same period a year earlier. The decrease follows a general decline that’s been linked to a weaker Canadian dollar.

In 2016, the number of Canadians travelling to the U.S. fell for the third consecutive year, down 7.7 per cent, Statistics Canada reported earlier this year.

The Canadian dollar, which is trading at around US$0.76, hasn’t been at par with the American dollar since 2013. Since then, the number of Canadians travelling to the U.S. by car fell by 31.3 per cent to 31.8 million in 2016, Statistics Canada said.

The U.S. is still the top international destination for Canadians, making up about 75 per cent of their trips abroad.

carol.sanders@freepress.mb.ca

 

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