A new poll out Tuesday shows Justin Trudeau’s Liberals and Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives are almost tied in popular support across the country.
And the Angus Reid poll found Trudeau has regained most of his personal approval ratings that had dropped in the wake of the WE charity scandal.
“The vote intention picture remains extremely competitive. Currently 35 per cent of Canadians say they would cast a ballot for the incumbent Liberals if an election were held, while a near identical 33 per cent say they would support the Conservative Party. One-in-five (18 per cent) prefer the New Democratic Party, while the Bloc Quebecois remain competitive in Quebec,” said Angus Reid in a statement.
“Further, with opposition criticism over the WE Charity scandal on an apparent hiatus, Trudeau’s personal approval has recovered to 49 per cent, having sat in the mid-40’s over the summer.”
The Liberals hold an eight-point advantage in Ontario over the Conservatives, and a five-point lead over the Bloc Quebecois in Quebec, the poll found.
The poll also found O’Toole’s favourable rating has increased six points since early September (30 per cent to 36 per cent), but his unfavourable rating has increased nine (31 per cent to 40 per cent).
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is viewed favourably by 49 per cent of Canadians and unfavourably by 41 per cent. New Green Party leader Annamie Paul remains relatively unknown among the public.
“COVID-19 and healthcare are chosen by a wide margin as the top two issues facing Canada currently. Climate change and the economy are atop the second tier of important issues, but well behind the top two,” the poll found.
Another poll out Tuesday by Leger had the Liberals further in front by a margin of 36 per cent to 24 per cent.
Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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