It’s just about neck-and-neck between Justin Trudeau and Pierre Poilievre because the preferred prime minister in the minds of Canadians.
New polling from Nanos Research has discovered that the Conservative Party chief is the preferred prime minister for 30 per cent of Canadians. But Trudeau is not far behind, sitting at 29.8 per cent.
“Giddy up. It’s a horse race. You know, we requested Canadians each week who they would like as prime minister. And try the numbers. You can see mainly a statistical tie between Pierre Poilievre and Justin Trudeau,” Nik Nanos mentioned on CTV News’ Trend Line podcast.
In the final 4 weeks, the share of Canadians favouring the Conservative chief as prime minister has shot up 11.6 share factors, whereas help for Trudeau because the preferred prime minister went up 2.4 share factors. Nanos notes that Candice Bergen was nonetheless interim Conservative chief when the ballot was carried out 4 weeks in the past.
“So mainly, that is the advance for Pierre Poilievre right here in the wake of the management and his actual numbers,” mentioned Nanos. “We mainly have a coin toss between Pierre Poilievre and Justin Trudeau as to who Canadians would like as prime minister right now in the weekly Nanos monitoring.”
Meanwhile, 14.9 per cent of respondents mentioned they preferred Jagmeet Singh as prime minister, down 6.0 share factors in comparison with 4 weeks in the past. In addition, 14 per cent mentioned they preferred not one of the leaders.
The preferred prime minister ballot concerned 1,067 respondents surveyed over the cellphone for the week ending on Oct. 14. The ballot is taken into account correct inside 3.0 share factors, 19 instances out of 20.
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TWO IN FIVE SAY THERE’S NOTHING POSITIVE ABOUT POILIEVRE
In a survey for The Globe and Mail, Nanos additionally requested Canadians, in an open-ended survey, what they thought have been optimistic and unfavorable qualities of Trudeau and Poilievre.
While Poilievre’s numbers have improved in the preferred prime minister polling, 41 per cent mentioned there was nothing optimistic in regards to the Conservative chief. In addition, 31 per cent mentioned they could not identify a single optimistic factor about Trudeau.
“It speaks to each of those officers being polarizing figures that, you realize, a major proportion of the inhabitants does not like something about both of these, they usually’re simply not proud of plenty of the alternatives,” Nanos mentioned.
However, 12.4 per cent mentioned they thought the present prime minister did a superb job dealing with COVID-19, whereas 11.9 per cent mentioned they preferred his insurance policies on social issues together with well being care, Indigenous points, and pot legalization. For Poilievre, 5.7 per cent mentioned he cares about Canadians and 5.6 per cent known as him a superb speaker.
When requested to call unfavorable issues about Trudeau, 16.4 per cent believed his authorities was spending an excessive amount of cash. Other respondents thought he was too out of contact or untrustworthy, and pointed to earlier scandals involving blackface, WE Charity, and SNC Lavalin.
As for unfavorable issues about Poilievre, 21.8 per cent mentioned he is too right-wing or is pandering an excessive amount of to the fitting. Others pointed to his help for the convoy protest and known as him divisive and polarizing.
“People use phrases like polarizing, brash, Trump-like to explain what they dislike about Pierre Poilievre,” Nanos mentioned.
“Canadians don’t object to authorities spending, however it’s simply an excessive amount of spending. In the identical approach, there’s in all probability many Canadians that like lots of the insurance policies of Poilievre, however it simply could be seen as just a little bit too right-wing,” Nanos defined.