Canadians Still Strongly Disapprove of Donald Trump

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Canadians Still Strongly Disapprove of Donald Trump

But their opinions of the President haven’t gotten worse

Toronto, March 12th – In a random sampling of public opinion taken by The Forum Poll™ among 1,340 Canadian voters, 2-in-3 disapprove of Donald Trump (67%), the same proportion (66%) as recorded on January 22nd. The number of Canadians that approve of Donald Trump (22%) is down one percent since January 22nd, with the same 11% not sure whether they approve or disapprove.

Trump is most likely to see disapproval by those aged 34 or less (71%), females (73%), earning $100,000-$250,000 (77%), and living in British Columbia (77%). Those with postgraduate degrees (75%), and Green Party (83%), BQ (82%), NDP (81%), and Liberal (80%) supporters are also likely to strongly disapprove of Trump.

Those most likely to approve of Trump include the least wealthy (28%), earning incomes between $20,000-$40,000 (28%), Albertans (37%), and Conservative supporters (48%).

Trump and Trudeau’s first meeting: no impact

The plurality of respondents (46%) believe that Justin Trudeau and Donald Trump’s first meeting in Washington will have no impact on Canadian/American relations. Almost a third (27%) respond that the meeting improved relations, while (18%) respond that they do not know. Fewer than one-in-ten (9%) believe the meeting will hurt relations.

Those most likely to feel it will have no impact include respondents aged 34 and below (52%), 35-44 (53%), earning $100,000-$250,000 (52%), living in Ontario (52%) or Alberta (50%), and Conservative supporters (61%).

Those most likely to feel it improved relations include respondents aged 55-64 (32%), 65 and over (34%), and Liberal (36%) supporters.

Those most likely to say that it hurt relations include the least wealthy (17%), those earning $20,000-$40,000 (15%), from BC (13%), Manitoba/Saskatchewan (12%), and the Maritimes (11%), and Green Party (16%) and BQ (16%) supporters.

Canadians will wait and see on NAFTA tweaks

Only (27%) of Canadians say that NAFTA “tweaks” will hurt Canada’s economy, with (26%) saying they will help, and the plurality (47%) saying they do not know.

Those most likely to say the tweaks will hurt Canada’s economy include those under 34 (31%), aged 45-54 (30%), earning $80,000-$100,000 (30%), and are BQ (42%) supporters.

Those most likely to say the tweaks will help Canada’s economy include those aged 65 and over (31%), 35-44 (29%), earning $20,000-$40,000 (30%) or $40,000-$60,000 (31%), and Conservative (34%) supporters.

“Despite the negative media attention he’s received, President Donald Trump’s performance hasn’t gotten worse in the opinion of Canadians, but it hasn’t gotten better, either,” said Dr. Lorne Bozinoff, President of Forum Research.

Lorne Bozinoff, Ph.D. is the president and founder of Forum Research. He can be reached at or at (416) 960-9603.