According to recent polling, Justin Trudeau has lost his five point lead over the Conservative Party and his popularity rating has plummeted.
The most recent polling from Ipsos (August 20th-23rd) reveals the Liberal Party and Conservative Party are neck-and-neck on 33% and 32%, respectively.
The Liberal Party’s decline nationally is also largely a result of polling in Ontario, where the CPC have jumped into the lead at 35%, four points ahead of the Liberals.
A new Ipsos poll, done exclusively for Global News, found that the Liberals have squandered a five-point lead they held over the Conservatives heading into the federal election campaign last week, while Trudeau’s popularity is on the decline.
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The NDP are also competitive in the province at 23%, while the Green Party trail at 6%.
However, the biggest sting in the tail to the Liberal Party campaign machine will be the decline in Justin Trudeau’s personal popularity among voters.
Fewer than half of Canadians (45%) approve of Trudeau as Prime Minister, a drop of 6% in a week. Even more damaging is that 62% of Canadians believe it’s time for another federal party to take over the reigns in Ottawa.
It seems that the big gamble Trudeau and the Liberal Party took in calling an election has monumentally backfired.
They no doubt expected this election to be a walk in the park, but how wrong (so far) this has proven to be. O’Toole and the CPC are firing on all cylinders, and with the recent backlash from Trudeau’s smear campaign against the Conservatives, it appears his popularity among voters is declining at a rapid rate.
Now, O’Toole and the CPC need to ensure that they keep this momentum alive and do not squander it like the Liberal’s did in the first week of the election campaign.
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