Fewer Canadians are standing behind Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the Liberal government.
That’s according to this year’s Nanos ‘Mood of Canada’ Survey by the Institute for Research on Public Policy.
Last year, 37% of respondents rated the Liberal government’s performance as ‘very good.’ That’s dropped to 15% this year.
Pollster Nik Nanos says that’s accompanied a general softening in support for Trudeau as well.
“Last year at around this time, about 60% of Canadians gave the Trudeau Liberals either a very good or somewhat good score. Fast forward to now and it’s dropped to about 43%.”
Nanos says Trudeau’s ratings have fallen back to earth now that’s he’s had to make some tough decisions.
“As they’ve started to govern, everything from approving pipelines, carbon tax, marijuana, democratic renewal, all that stuff, what we’ve seen is that their super strong scores last year coming off of their election win are now coming down to earth.”
But there’s one area where Canadians are feeling upbeat.
63% say they’re happy with Canada’s reputation on a global scale.
“It’s basically a 10-year high. This is one of the few places where Trudeau did well last year on this measure but he even beat last year’s numbers.”
Nanos says the Trudeau Liberals have also outscored the previous Conservative government on their perceived job managing federal-provincial relations, pulling in a 45% positive view – more than double the 21% the Tories scored during their best year.
The poll found 54% of Canadians believe the country is going in the right direction, versus 31% who say it’s on the wrong track.