NATIONAL PULSE – As Trudeau’s approval drops, can rivals make gains?

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. (Image: CPAC)

For the first time since October 2015, someone other than Trudeau is seen as best PM


December 19, 2018 – At the end of what has been a challenging and at times chaotic year across the federal political landscape, Canadian approval of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to decline.

With less than a year before an expected election, the number of people who favour Trudeau has fallen to 35 per cent, down from 46 per cent this time a year ago.

For the first time since October 2015, he is no longer seen as the national party leader who would be the best prime minister. That mantle now narrowly rests with Conservative Party of Canada (CPC) leader Andrew Scheer (33% prefer Scheer; 27% Trudeau), although many say they don’t know just who would be ideal in the top job (26%).

Underlying the downward shift in the PM’s approval is a tumultuous 12 months that saw his government face criticism for its handling of a number of key files, including pipelines, trade negotiations, and irregular border crossings.

More Key Findings:

  • Asked to name the top issue facing the country today, Canadians are most likely to say it is “the deficit/government spending” (28% do, compared to 21% each for the economy, environment/pollution, and health care)
  • Younger Canadians, who were outliers in their majority approval of Trudeau until now, appear to have lost some Liberal love. The Prime Minister’s approval drops to 42 per cent among 18-34-year-olds, from 56 per cent last year at this time
  • NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and Conservative leader Andrew Scheer remain a question mark to significant segments of potential voters. But while Singh holds the approval of just one-in-five (21%), Scheer’s approval is tied with Trudeau’s (36%)


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4 Comments on NATIONAL PULSE – As Trudeau’s approval drops, can rivals make gains?

  1. Diane Daniels // December 23, 2018 at 10:38 PM // Reply

    Funny how so many thought Trudeau was too young and inexperienced to run the country but Scheer is younger and most definitely less experienced. Scheer also seems to think women are better off barefoot and pregnant, who the hell would want a misogynist in power, this country is made up of at least 50% women, we have finally been recognized by our leader, we do not need Howdy Doody sitting in Ottawa deciding our fate. Just because the Con party says something repeatedly does not make it the truth, that has been proven time and time again.

    NO one will ever be a perfect Prime Minister but I will support the person/party who at least attempts to make the majority have a say in this country.

  2. We sure hope so. And on it goes.God! if I can use that word, there has to be a better way.

  3. Robert Bruce // December 19, 2018 at 6:04 PM // Reply

    And because Canadians are gullible, they will vote in Scheer “the cherub”. Why? Cause he has the best attack ad lies. The usual in Canada, a conservative government because people are mad at liberals. I think he’s done a much better job than Harper ever did. Hell, their still cleaning up after Harper’s crowd….ask Ms. Mcleod why she helped with the Phoenix system. There’s one going to cost many times the long gun registry. But Trudeau is losing me because he’s throwing money at the oil industry. The pipeline and the industry in general are a losing proposition… Excuse me while I go put up the solar/ electric heat, need to make up for the gas company blowing up itself…

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