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Canadians are starkly divided on Justin Trudeau’s four-and-a-half years as prime minister, a new survey has found.
A plurality of those polled – 41% – think Trudeau has accomplished “little” during his time in office.
But the Research Co study found 48% of Canadians think the prime minister’s performance has been “about the same” as they expected it to be.
About a quarter of those asked – 24% – said Trudeau has been “better” than they thought he’d be, while 25% think he’s been “worse.”
There are noticeable differences between the generations, however.
“More than a third of Canadians aged 55 and over (36%) believe Trudeau has been worse than they expected,” said Mario Canseco, president of Research Co.
“Significantly fewer Canadians aged 35-to-54 (21%) and 18-to-34 (18%) feel the same way.”
The survey also found that:
24% of respondents think Trudeau has achieved “much”
24% think it’s too early to judge
30% think Canada’s reputation in the world has improved compared to during Stephen Harper’s premiership
21% think environmental issues have improved
20% think ethics and accountability have improved
But smaller numbers of Canadians think the following areas have improved since Trudeau took office:
Public safety (19%)
National unity (18%)
If a federal election were held today, the Liberals would win the backing of 39% of decided voters, the survey also found.
The Conservatives are in second place with 30%, followed by the New Democrats with 17%, the Green Party with 7%, the Bloc Québécois with 5%, and the People’s Party with 1%.
The Liberals are particularly popular in Ontario (44%), Quebec (40%) and British Columbia (39%).
The Conservatives are ahead in Alberta (45%) and Manitoba and Saskatchewan (38%).
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