Trudeau Liberals barely ahead of competitors three months before Canadians head to the polls: survey

By Dean Recksiedler, Hana Mae Nassar

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – It seems a lot of Canadians will be plugging their nose when it comes time to vote in the federal election this fall.

The latest poll from Research Co. shows only Liberal leader Justin Trudeau and Green Party leader Elizabeth May have approval ratings of more than 40 per cent.

The same survey suggests the governing Liberals have a slight edge over the others, with just about three months to go before Canadians head to the polls.

If the election were held tomorrow, 34 per cent of decided voters said they would cast a ballot for the Liberal candidate in their riding, and 31 per cent of voters said they would back the Conservative Party.

“The two main contending parties are locked in a tight generational race,” Mario Canseco, President of Research Co., said. “The Liberals have a three-point advantage over the Conservatives among decided voters aged 18-to-34 and those aged 55 and over.”

Seventeen per cent of people polled said they would vote NDP, and 10 per cent of voters said their support went to the Greens. The Bloc Québécois only saw four per cent of decided voters say they’d vote for that party, while three per cent of respondents say they’d vote for the People’s Party.

When it comes to the leader with the highest approval rating, that honour goes to May — whose rating was 42 per cent, with 34 per cent disapproving. Justin Trudeau’s approval rating was 41 per cent, with 50 per cent of respondents disapproving.

Just more than a third of Canadians asked, about 36 per cent, said they approve of Tory leader Andrew Scheer, while 35 per cent approved of New Democrat Jagmeet Singh.

The rating trends down for People’s Party leader Maxime Bernier, who saw an approval rating of 21 per cent.

Meantime, the survey shows the top issues for voters are jobs, the economy, and healthcare. The environment, housing, homelessness, poverty, and immigration were also among the issues of most concern.

Research Co. said leadership and accountability, energy and pipelines, crime, safety, and public and foreign affairs were not as highly prioritized by survey takers.

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