December 20, 2018
December 20, 2018 2:28 PM EST
Move over Justin Trudeau, it’s Andrew Scheer’s time to shine.
A new Angus Reid poll shows that for the first time since he won the election in 2015, Trudeau is not considered the best federal leader to run the country. Conservative Leader Scheer now holds that honour — with 33% of respondents choosing him and 27% picking Trudeau. Green Party Leader Elizabeth May came in third with 7% and NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh got a dismal 6%. (The other 26% didn’t know.)
The poll also shows the Liberal prime minister’s popularity has taken a hit. His approval rating has sunk to 35%, compared to 46% this time last year. His disapproval rating now sits at a whopping 58%, which is the highest of all four of the party leaders.
Even younger Canadians appear to have become somewhat disillusioned. Now only 42% of 18-to-35-year-olds approve of the job Trudeau is doing, down from 52% last December.
The poll points to Trudeau’s “problem-plagued” India trip, irregular border crossings and the Trans Mountain pipeline debacle as some of the reasons for his decline.
The Angus Reid Institute conducted an online survey of 3,239 Canadian adults between Dec. 12-18. It is accurate to within +/- 1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
QUEBEC RISES AS ALBERTA FALLS
When it comes to premiers, Francois Legault takes the crown as the most popular, according to a separate Dart Insight poll, rating nine of Canada’s provincial leaders. (P.E.I. and the territories are not included.)
After winning the Quebec election in October, the CAQ leader’s popularity is at 61%, according to the poll. The only other premier above 50% is Saskatchewan Party’s Scott Moe (56%, up one point from September).
Newfoundland-Labrador Liberal Premier Dwight Ball and NDP Alberta Premier Rachel Notley suffered the hardest falls. Ball dropped nine points from 42% to 33% and Notley went from 41% to 34%, which comes after her frustration with Ottawa over a stalled pipeline and equalization payments.
However, the least popular premier is Nova Scotia Liberal Premier Stephen McNeil who, despite gaining four points, has only 30% support.
Ontario Conservative Premier Doug Ford’s approval has slipped slightly. He is down two points at 35%. In Manitoba, Conservative Premier Brian Pallister’s support stands pat at 43%.
Dart Insight surveyed 5,962 Canadian adults from Dec. 5-12. The poll is accurate within +/- 1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
1. Francois Legault (Que.) — 61% (first measurement)
2. Scott Moe (Sask.) — 56% (+1)
3. John Horgan (B.C.) — 46% (-3)
4. Blaine Higgs (N.B.) — 43% (first measurement)
5. Brian Pallister (Man.) — 42% (no change)
6. Doug Ford (Ont.) — 35% (-2)
7. Rachel Notley (Alta.) — 34% (-7)
8. Dwight Ball (N.L.) — 33% (-9)
9. Stephen McNeil (N.S.) — 30% (+4)