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Justin Trudeau riding high nearly a year after election, enjoying record approval

Concerns about the economy still weigh on Canadians, but Prime Minister continues to have backing of more than three-fifths of country, poll shows



Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tries out Microsoft's HoloLens at the official opening of the Microsoft Canada Excellence Centre in Vancouver. PHOTO: Microsoft News Centre Staff

The latest Angus Reid poll indicates Justin Trudeau has few issues with his image, but Canadians are still concerned about the economy PHOTO: Microsoft

OTTAWA—11 months after the sweeping election victory that carried him into office with a majority mandate, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has never had the approval of more Canadians.

According to the latest Angus Reid Institute polling data, 65 per cent of Canadians approve of the head of government’s performance, compared to just 30 per cent who cast a concrete thumbs down toward the Prime Minister.

Since taking office last year, Trudeau’s approval rating has yet to dip below 60 per cent, according to Angus Reid—a sharp contrast to Canadians’ opinion of former Prime Minister Stephen Harper during his final term. Despite controlling a majority government, Harper never had the approval of half the population; his popularity peaked at 42 per cent at the end of 2014.

Even considering Trudeau’s popularity, Canadians remain concerned about the country’s economy. According to the poll, 31 per cent of Canadians think their standard of living is worse than a year ago, while just 16 per cent feel their situation has improved. In Alberta and in Newfoundland and Labrador voters are particularly gloomy about their financial situation.

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