NATIONAL PULSE – We’re divided over Governor General’s performance

One-in-four believe Julie Payette is ‘adjusting’ and will eventually settle into her role


October 12, 2018 – After weeks of critical news stories that prompted Governor General Julie Payette to apologize for how her office’s work has been perceived in its first year and reiterate her commitment to the job, a new public opinion poll from the Angus Reid Institute finds Canadians with an opinion about the matter are more polarized about a traditionally apolitical figurehead and institution than might be expected.

Relatively few are following the news about Payette’s performance closely, but those who are tend to hold more negative views of the Governor General.

While most are unsure how to rate Payette’s performance as the Queen’s representative in Canada after 12 months in the role, the Governor General today enjoys little of the implicit goodwill the institute recorded for her initial nomination to the post last year (at the time, 55% approved of her appointment).

Instead, those who have an opinion on the former astronaut are divided along political lines, with past supporters of the Conservative Party of Canada especially inclined to say she is doing a bad job (41% do) and that she is poorly suited to her current position (47%). Past Liberal and New Democratic Party supporters are less likely to have an opinion on Payette, and those who do have an opinion are more evenly divided.

More Key Findings:

  • Overall, one-in-four Canadians (25%) say Payette “is adjusting and will eventually settle into the role of Governor General.” Most are either uncertain (46%) or skeptical that she is a good fit for her position (29%)
  • Asked whether they believe the Governor General is doing a good job or a bad one, most Canadians (57%) are not sure, with the rest divided evenly between good (22%) and bad (21%)
  • Payette enjoys more favourable views in her native Quebec, where one-in-three (33%) say she is doing a good job, compared to 18 per cent who say she is doing a bad one. In every other region, those saying “bad job” outnumber those saying “good job” at least slightly

Link to the poll here:

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