Liberal poll numbers take a dip

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A new poll shows that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is currently enjoying the same approval score as his predecessor Stephen Harper at the same time before the last election.

Up to 30 per cent now say Mr. Trudeau’s government is doing a bad job up from 33 per cent a year ago and 23 per cent in 2015.

Several reasons for these low poll numbers include a botched rollout of small business tax changes.

The combined telephone and online survey of 1,000 Canadians was conducted from Dec. 27 to 29. The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. It marks the 11th year the poll has been done.

Respondents who disapprove of Mr. Trudeau’s Liberals are most likely to be male, ages 55 or over and live on the Prairies.

Most Canadians remain satisfied with the direction the country is taking and believe Canada’s reputation around the world is on the upswing.

Also Mr. Trudeau also gets relatively good marks for his handling of federal-provincial relations.

One thing playing into the Liberals favor is that neither the Conservatives nor the NDP have captivated the imagination of Canadians. Other recent polls show the Liberals have maintained and even expanded their lead in recent months.

According to the CBC Poll Tracker – a weighted aggregate of all publicly available opinion polls – suggests the Liberals would win another majority if an election were held now. The Liberals have a roughly seven-percentage-point lead over Andrew Scheer’s Conservatives. -CINEWS

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