How do Canadians feel about American President Donald Trump, who has been in office for less than a month?
According to a new Mainstreet Research poll, an overwhelming majority, 84%, flat out don’t like him. However, it’s not all bad news for Trump.
The poll finds 53% approve of his economic policy, which is a full 10% higher than the support for the economic plan put forward by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.
As well, 51% support Trump’s national security policy, above the 43% who support Trudeau.
“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.” – Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research.
When it comes to fostering a relationship with the new American President, 58% say Trudeau should invite Trump to Ottawa, 43% want the two to work closely together. At the same time, 45% believe our Prime Minister should take more of a stand on Trump’s immigration polices.
“Where Trudeau fares better than Trump is Healthcare (51% approval), Immigration (56%) and Foreign Affairs (41%).”
Meantime, another poll finds many Canadians want to see the Prime Minister stand up to his American counterpart when it comes to NAFTA and his “America-first” strategy.
The Nanos poll for The Globe and Mail finds 58% would support a trade war with the US if exports were subjected to new tariffs.
As well, 57% are confident the Trudeau Liberals can protect Canada’s economic interests in upcoming NAFTA negotiations.