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Canadians think Donald Trump is bad for Canada: poll

Last Updated Jun 20, 2019 at 5:51 am MST

FILE - In this March 29, 2019 file photo, President Donald Trump speaks to reporters during a visit to Lake Okeechobee and Herbert Hoover Dike at Canal Point, Fla. Florida was a bright spot for Republicans in an otherwise bleak 2018, seemingly immune to headwinds faced by the GOP in other historic battlegrounds from President Donald Trump’s tumultuous presidency. But ahead of the 2020 election, Democrats aren’t giving up hope on the Sunshine State, seeking to inject new peril to Trump’s path to another term in office. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — A new poll suggests many Canadians have a dismal view of Donald Trump, and they think Justin Trudeau is the best one to deal with him.

The new Research Co. poll finds that just 17 per cent of people polled think Trump’s presidency has been good for Canada, and 65 per cent say it has been bad or very bad.

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The sentiment is largest in B.C. where 73 per cent of people have a negative view of the President.

Across Canada, women are more likely to give Trump a thumbs down, and people who are 55 or older. The poll also suggests that 30 per cent of people who voted for the Conservative Party in the last federal election have a more positive view of Trump’s term in the White House so far.

And despite him claiming that his administration has “accomplished more than almost any administration in the history of our country,” 37 per cent of Canadians polled say he’s ‘accomplished little’ during his time in office.

When asked which of federal party leader is better suited to handle Trump and our country’s relationship with the U.S. — Justin Trudeau or Andrew Scheer — most think the current Prime Minister is best. Trudeau comes ahead at 35 per cent over Scheer’s 17 per cent.

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In Alberta, however, Scheer outranks Trudeau on that question 28 per cent to 16 per cent, but the Prime Minister is ahead of his key rival everywhere else in the coutnry.

The survey’s results are based on an online study conducted between May 31 and June 3 with 1,000 adults across Canada. The data has been statistically weighted according to Canadian census figures for age, gender and region in Canada. The margin of error is plus or minus 3.1 per cent, 19 times out of 20.