Justin Trudeau’s Popularity Continues To Float Around The Worst Its Ever Been

Written By Wyatt Claypool, Posted on September 9, 2022

In spite of Justin Trudeau going on a national charm offensive, meeting world leaders to discuss new “Green” energy initiatives, and proposing new measures to reduce inflation (which to nobody’s surprise involves massive spending), his popularity ratings are still limping along at their lowest levels.

Justin Trudeau’s lowest ever popularity rating was 31 percent, with 51 percent of Canadians disapproving of him, and according to a recent Abacus Data poll, his popularity is only sitting around 33 percent, which is his second-lowest rating to date. 

(Photo from Abacus Data)

Not only is Trudeau’s image hurting in the polls but his political ally NDP leader Jagmeet Singh has also been experiencing a popularity slump. 

Typically Singh could rely on popularity ratings of 46 percent with disapproval only sitting around 25 percent (with a significant portion of Canadians having no opinion), but after helping to prop up Trudeau’s government for a significant period of time, Singh now sits at an approval rating of only 34 percent with 31 disapproving of him.

On top of Trudeau’s unpopularity, despite the media’s campaign to try and demonize the likely next leader of the Conservative Party, Pierre Poilievre, the Liberals are still trailing in the polls, with most of the opportunity for growth still favouring the conservatives.

The Conservatives in this Abacus poll are only leading by 1 percent, but this poll was based on Poilievre being the next leader, and he still has yet to get a popularity or name-recognition bump from becoming the official CPC leader. 

Added to that this poll shows the People’s Party of Canada still garnering 5 percent of the vote, which is likely to drop off with Poilievere as the leader, due to having taken tough conservative stances that the PPC voting base is drawn to. 

With the Green Party of Canada likely to be led by Elizabeth May once again by the time the next federal election rolls around, it would not be surprising to see Green support in the polls climb much higher than 3 percent. 

It tends to signal the death of a government when even several months after a high-profile scandal, like the wrongful use of the Emergencies Act, the popularity of the party or leader has not bounced back. Right now Trudeau and the Liberals’ popularity still has not recovered and it seems like Canadians are just tired of both the Liberal Party and Justin Trudeau and voter enthusiasm to prop him up in another election is dwindling. 

Wyatt Claypool

Wyatt is a student at Mount Royal University, where he is the president of its Campus Conservative club. In his writing, he focuses on covering provincial and federal politics, firearms regulation, and the energy sector. Wyatt has also previously written for The Post Millennial.

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