DECLINING APPROVAL: Another Poll Shows Trudeau’s India Debacle Seriously Damaged His Image

Shortly after an Ipsos survey showed the Trudeau Liberals dropping in the polls, a new poll by Abacus Data shows Trudeau’s image took a big hit after his disastrous India trip (vacation).

A new Abacus Data poll shows that Justin Trudeau’s India debacle has had a significant impact on how he is perceived by Canadians.

While the party support numbers are relatively stable (Abacus generally shows the Liberals leading) with the Liberals at 36%, the Conservatives at 33%, and the NDP at 18%, even that number represents the narrowest margin Abacus has shown since the election.

Meanwhile, it’s in the personal perception numbers where Trudeau has really taken a hit:

The poll shows Canadians evenly split on government approval, with 42% saying they approve and 41% saying they disapprove.

When it comes to whether Canadians have a positive or negative impression of Justin Trudeau, his numbers have cratered from the previous survey.

The last time Abacus asked this question, 47% said they had a positive impression of Trudeau, while 31% said they had a negative impression of him.

After his India trip, 38% say they have a positive impression, while 39% say they have a negative impression of him, putting his personal approval numbers in negative territory in an Abacus Data poll for the first time since the 2015 federal election.

Negative numbers for Trudeau across a wide range of issues

The poll also shows that 41% of Canadians say Trudeau is doing a poor job handling the economy, while 32% say it’s just “acceptable,” and 27% say it’s “good,” giving Trudeau a score of -14 points.

When it comes to handling the deficit and debt, 47% say Trudeau is doing a poor job, while 33% say it’s acceptable, and just 20% say it’s good.

On his handling of taxpayers money, 47% say Trudeau is performing poorly, 30% say acceptable, and only 23% say it’s good.

And finally, when it comes to how Trudeau represents Canada internationally, his numbers are way down. While the previous Abacus poll showed 53% of Canadians saying Trudeau has been good at representing Canada and only 21% said he was doing poorly on that score, the numbers in the latest poll show 38% saying Trudeau is doing good, versus 37% saying Trudeau is doing poorly.

After the India trip, Trudeau’s positive margin in how he represents Canada has shrunk from 32 points to just 1 point in the Abacus poll.

Keep in mind, Abacus polls tend to show more positive numbers for Trudeau than others such as Forum Research, so for his numbers to be cratering even with Abacus is quite notable.

This goes to show that – despite pathetic efforts to spin the India trip as a “success,” Canadians can see that it was a total disaster, as Trudeau’s incompetence and dishonesty were on display in front of the entire world.

Read the full Abacus Data poll results here

Spencer Fernando

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