Trudeau Liberals approval rating spikes amid possible Wet’suwet’en blockade resolution: poll

A new poll suggests that approval ratings for the Liberal government’s performance have spiked with news of a possible agreement to settle Canada’s Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades.

After surveying 1,000 Canadians, the Ipsos poll found that Canada-wide approval of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government increased as much as 8 per cent since last week.

Canada’s approval now sits at 48 per cent, with nine per cent indicating they “strongly” approve and another 39 per cent saying they “somewhat” approve of the government’s performance.

Country-wide disapproval of Trudeau’s government still sits higher than its approval rating, however, with 52 per cent indicating their disapproval of their performance, split into 28 per cent “strongly” disapproving and 25 per cent “somewhat” disapproving.

Darrell Bricker, Ipsos’ CEO of public affairs, said that the pressure coming off the concern of the Wet’suwet’en solidarity blockades is a combination of several things — the government’s peaceful solution to it, as well as the worldwide spread of COVID-19, which has also rattled Canada’s economy.

“The attention has been drawn away by another couple events that are also, in terms of their impact, pretty unfortunate, but people are weighting his leadership on this and probably will be judging him over the space of the next couple weeks,” said Bricker.

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