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Justin Trudeau. Photo: CIJnews

Majority of Canadians believe Trudeau government has “more style than substance”

According to a December 20, 2016 Ipsos poll conducted for Global News, 67% of Canadians “agree” or “agree somewhat” that the Trudeau government is more style than substance. 54% agree that the Trudeau government has a clear plan for the future of Canada (a 1-point decrease), while 46% disagree that it has a clear plan.

A new “Mood of Canada Survey” conducted by Nanos for the Institute for Research on Public Policy, found that a majority of Canadians believe that under Prime Minister Trudeau Canada’s global reputation has improved, with 37% saying it has improved and 26% saying it has somewhat improved. Only 9% of those polled believe it has not improved.

54% of Canadians believe the country is moving in the right direction (a 9-point decrease since 2015) and 31% think Canada is moving in the wrong direction.

According to a December 15, 2016 Angus Reid poll, the number of Canadians who say they approve of the job Justin Trudeau is doing has dropped on average by 10 points to 55%, the lowest approval rating since the Liberals won a majority mandate in last October’s election, with the most significant drop recorded in Ontario, where Trudeau’s approval dropped by 16 points.

Trudeau and the government have been plagued by gaffes and controversies in the last few months, including walking back electoral reform, the “cash-for-access” controversy and reaction to Trudeau’s praise for Cuban dictator Fidel Castro, which had an impact on about half of Canadians who were disappointed by his statement.

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About Ilana Shneider

Ilana Shneider
Ilana Shneider is the co-editor of CIJnews and the founding executive director of Canada-Israel Friendship Association, a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the mutually beneficial, long-standing diplomatic, economic and cultural ties between Canada and Israel. She can be reached at [email protected]

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