Liberal-NDP coalition not proving popular among voters, including NDPers: poll

Liberal respondents (84 percent) saw the partnership as beneficial for Canadians, while Conservative respondents overwhelmingly viewed it as negative (75 percent.)

Liberal-NDP coalition not proving popular among voters, including NDPers: poll
The Canadian Press / Sean Kilpatrick
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Four out of 10 Canadians say that the agreement between the Trudeau Liberals and the Singh New Democrats has been beneficial, with 40 percent of New Democrats saying they are not convinced of the value of the deal.

Polls show that after two years of the so-called supply-and-confidence agreement that props up the Trudeau government, Canadians are split on if the agreement was a good thing (38 percent) or bad thing (37 percent) for the country.

The poll, conducted by Leger for Postmedia, found that one-quarter of respondents did not know what to think of the agreement after two years of it being in place.

Liberal respondents (84 percent) saw the deal as beneficial for Canadians, while Conservative respondents overwhelmingly viewed it as negative (75 percent.)

However, Léger executive vice-president Andrew Enns noted that the more surprising discovery is the relatively lukewarm support for the deal among NDP voters. This is despite party leader Jagmeet Singh's praise for the arrangement, highlighting it as a means to incorporate New Democrats' priorities into Liberal policy. 

Recent bills offering government-paid dental care, birth control, and diabetes medication are examples of such priorities.

The poll also suggests that Pierre Poilievre’s Conservatives continue to maintain a solid lead over Trudeau’s Liberals, although the prime minister’s party has gained a few points in the past month.

The latest survey shows the Conservatives at 41 percent, slightly down from 42 percent in last month’s Postmedia-Leger politics poll. They lead the governing Liberals, who are at 27 percent, by 14 points—a four-point increase for the Liberals since May.

Support for the NDP remains mostly stable at 17 percent.

Trudeau’s favourability rating rose by three points to 19 percent, while Poilievre’s dropped by two points but remains higher at 26 percent.

Despite the Liberals’ four-point rise between May and June, Enns believes there is still no reason for Trudeau to celebrate.

“The timing is not great because I think that’s going to be the talk of the barbecue season for the Liberals. What’s Justin Trudeau going to do? Or is he going to go?” Enns said. “The summer may not be very good for them, because… they’re going in on a fairly negative note.”

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