Americans tend to favor reopening the US-Canada border

Jamie BallardData Journalist
August 09, 2021, 12:30 PM UTC

Beginning on August 9, Americans who are fully vaccinated will be allowed to travel to Canada.  

The US and Canada both closed their international borders in March 2020. When asked in a recent press briefing whether the US would reciprocate and allow Canadian travelers to enter the US, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said “We are continuing to review our travel restrictions. Any decisions about reopening travel will be guided by our public health and medical experts.” 
 
A July 2021 YouGov poll finds that Americans tend to say the border between Canada and the US should be reopened at this point. Just over two in five (43%) Americans say the border should be re-opened, slightly more than the 36% who believe it should remain closed.  

In several of the US states that border Canada, residents tend to say the border should be reopened. Majorities of residents in Montana (60%), Washington (58%), and Maine (52%) think it’s time to reopen the US-Canada border.  

Around half of residents in Idaho (50%), Minnesota (50%), Michigan (49%), New Hampshire (48%), and New York (47%) think the border should be opened. Among those who live in Ohio, 44% want the border opened while just over one-third (35%) think it should remain closed at this stage of the pandemic. Pennsylvania residents feel similarly: 44% want it reopened and 34% think it should stay closed.  

See full results here.  

Related: Delta variant makes Americans no longer think the worst of the pandemic is behind us

Methodology: 28,335 US adults were surveyed between July 16 - 23, 2021. The responding sample is weighted to be representative of the US population. 

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