According to the survey, almost three in four Canadians (74%) approve of the way Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has handled the crisis.
An even higher number in most provinces – 84% in total – said they approved of the way their own premiers were handling the pandemic.
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“As much as we complain about the government in this country … the truth is that when something like what we see with the COVID-19 crisis occurs, the universal institution of choice for which people turn to help is government, “said Darrell Bricker, CEO of Ipsos Public Affairs.
“When governments actually deliver what they hope they can do, citizens respond positively.”
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Not surprisingly, almost all (97%) of Liberal voters gave Trudeau the best score, but the majority of New Democrat voters (71%) and 54% of Bloc supporters also approve of the Prime Minister’s performance.
Slightly less than half (46%) of Conservative Party voters said they approved of Trudeau’s handling of the situation.
Bricker said that programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), tax breaks and small business loans are all tangible ways for the federal government to respond to the crisis.
He said this translated into a jump of almost 30 points in Trudeau’s approval since the 2019 election.
At the provincial level, the survey found that most Canadians were responding even more favorably to government responses to the crisis.
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In Quebec, Prime Minister François Legault achieved an impressive 96% approval rate.
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“I have been doing this for 30 years and have never seen anyone in a poll get 96% approval,” Bricker told Global News.
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Although COVID-19 hit Quebec particularly hard, Bricker said that Legault was able to connect with people authentically during the crisis.
“As a result, Quebeckers have aligned themselves almost unanimously,” he said.
The survey revealed that 79% of Quebec residents supported Trudeau’s handling of the crisis.
In Ontario, the COVID-19 crisis has resulted in remarkable political renewal for Premier Doug Ford, who has had a few difficult years since winning majority government in 2018.
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The poll found that 83% of Ontarians agree with Ford’s handling of the pandemic.
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Bricker said his approval had jumped nearly 50% in a matter of months, which he credited to Ford’s “little appeal”.
“He has a simple way of speaking to Ontarians, he has shown himself to be a man of action – when he saw things that irritated him, he acted very quickly on them,” he said. .
“Even today, we have seen photos of him going to warehouses and picking up masks to bring to workers.”
The survey found that 75% of Ontarians supported Trudeau’s handling of the crisis.
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Trudeau and a Premier have the lowest marks for Alberta.
Only 61% of Albertans support Trudeau’s management of the pandemic, while 67% approve of Prime Minister Jason Kenney.
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Bricker said these figures likely reflect the devastating economic situation in the Western Province.
“The problems in the province of Alberta go beyond the simple issue of coronavirus treatment. They have very deep problems with the very structure of their economy, ”said Bricker.
“By the way, sixty-seven percent is still very strong – six points on the prime minister, but compared to other prime ministers, he has more trouble. “
Like the Premier of Ontario, B.C. Premier John Horgan also obtained 83% approval for his handling of the crisis.
However, Bricker warned that Horgan – along with Trudeau and other top-performing prime ministers – could run into trouble because of these high numbers.
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“The expectations are now very, very high,” he said.
“If these things do not happen as promised, there will be difficulties for both the premiers and the Prime Minister.”
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British Columbians gave Trudeau the second highest score for handling the crisis, with 78% approval.
Saskatchewan and Manitoba are the second least confident in the federal government’s handling of the crisis, with 65% of respondents approving of Trudeau’s work.
The Prairie Provinces have expressed much greater confidence in their own premiers, granting them 78% approval for their management of the pandemic.
In Atlantic Canada, 68% said they approved of Trudeau’s work, while 77% said they approved of the way their Prime Minister handled the crisis.
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This Ipsos poll on behalf of Global News was an online survey of 1,006 Canadians conducted between April 3 and April 7. The results have been weighted to better reflect the composition of the Canadian adult population, according to census data. The accuracy of Ipsos online surveys is measured using a credibility interval. In this case, the survey is considered to be more or less 3.5 percentage points accurate, 19 times out of 20.
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