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10 Days of Trump


February 8, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll took a close look at how Canadians reacted to the first 10 days of Donald Trump’s presidency. While Canadians disapprove of Trump (84%), 53% approve of his economic policy – higher than the 43% who approve of Trudeau’s economic plan. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.53%, 19 times out of 20.

“As Donald Trump’s inauguration unfolded we asked Canadians a number of questions about the two leaders,” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research. “Only 16% of Canadians would call President Trump honest, only 21% would call him rational, and only 23% would call him inspirational. In comparison, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau scored well on these same three measures, 58% (Honest), 54% (Rational) and 63% (Inspirational), respectively.”

”Some have speculated the Trump presidency could give Justin Trudeau a ‘Trump bump’ – that the comparison between the two leaders might help his domestic popularity. But we saw no evidence of a bump in support for the Prime Minister, and, in fact, his approval rating dropped, as did Trump’s over the tracking period.”

“Most Canadians (78%) followed the news of the Women’s march that took place immediately following the inauguration with 71% supporting Canada’s involvement in the March. But Canadians also prioritize the US-Canada relationship while sending conflicting messages.”

“58% of Canadians say Justin Trudeau should invite President Trump to Ottawa, and 43% say Trudeau should work closely with the new President – but at the same time 45% believe Trudeau should speak out on Trump’s immigration policies. 63% say Trudeau should not focus on non-US trade.”

“While Canadians give low scores to President Trump’s performance as President (15%), they give all of his policies higher grades. The highest scores go to his economic policy (53%), and national security policy (51%). On the same two measures Trudeau scores 43% (Econ) and 39%, (nat. sec) respectively.”

“Where Trudeau fares better than Trump is Healthcare (51% approval), Immigration (56%) and Foreign Affairs (41%).”

“Interestingly, many Canadians are undecided when it comes to forming an opinion about President Trump’s Immigration policy. Only 17% approve of his immigration policy while 53% disapprove, but a full 30% say they are not sure either way despite the fact, or perhaps because, those poll questions were polled as the fallout from President Trump’s immigration executive order took place,” finished Maggi


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