Media darling Trudeau sees popularity plummet among Canadians

Vast majority of Canadians agree with the sentiment 'Canada is broken'

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March 2, 2020 - 7:23pm

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A vast majority of Canadians agree with the statement, “Right now, Canada is broken,” according to a new National Post newspaper survey. 

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fared poorly as well, as two-thirds of Canadians don’t believe he has delivered on his signature pledge to help Canada’s indigenous population.

Fifty-seven percent of Canadians agreed with the statement, “Governments lie to Indigenous people about making things better for them," according to the survey, conducted for the paper by DART & Maru/Poll.

A majority also agree that the prime minister is not governing well, and that his Liberal Party deserves most of the blame for the recent rail blockades.

The nationwide blockade protests erupted over opposition to the Coastal GasLink pipeline in British Columbia.

Twenty-seven percent of Canadians responded in the survey that Trudeau has handled the blockades well.

When the protests began, the prime minister was out of the country on an eight-day tour of Africa, trying to win support for a seat on the United Nations Security Council. His absence left the impression that no one in Ottawa was in charge of or handling the situation at home.

More than 80% of Canadians think their politicians care more about their personal partisan interests than working on behalf of all Canadians.

John Wright, a longtime pollster and partner with DART, said, “People are truly frustrated with the inability of their leadership to come together and recognize that human beings are being affected by their decisions and that they’re not simply voters.”

In September 2019, pictures surfaced of Trudeau wearing "blackface" makeup in high school to sing a Jamaican folk song. However, he quickly survived the scandal and calls for him to step down as leader.