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A new poll shows that while Donald Trump may have been the GOP nominee, he’s not a great president.
It’s been more than a month since the GOP convention in Cleveland, and it’s clear that people still have not warmed to Trump.
While the GOP’s presidential nominee’s approval rating has dropped significantly since June, his disapproval rating is still at 40 per cent.
His disapproval rating among Republicans was 37 per cent in the first week of the convention.
While Trump is in a bad place, the polls suggest that it’s not all bad for him.
The Globe and Mail poll, which surveyed 1,500 Canadians online and in phone interviews, found that 42 per cent of respondents had no opinion of Trump’s performance as president.
In addition, 40 per to 48 per cent said they would not vote for him, compared with 35 per cent who would vote for Clinton.
The poll also found that, although 54 per cent supported the Keystone XL pipeline, 54 per one per cent did not support a ban on Muslim immigrants coming to Canada.
“It’s really interesting that we see a clear divide in people’s support for the two candidates,” said Michael Chong, associate director of the University of Toronto’s Citizen Lab.
“They both have their negatives, but they also have their positives.”
Chong said it’s a little surprising that so many people said they didn’t like Trump, considering he was in the midst of a campaign that was so negative.
“We don’t see this as a polarizing candidate,” he said.
“What we’re seeing is people who might have voted for him before are turning their back on him now.”
Among those who say they wouldn’t vote for Trump are 47 per cent and 39 per cent, respectively.
The polls also indicate that there’s little support for Trudeau in Canada, with 55 per cent saying they would vote NDP if the election were held today, compared to 35 per per cent for Trudeau.
It also seems like people don’t like the idea of Trudeau’s Liberal government, either.
A majority of respondents said they do not think Canada is on the right track, while a majority said they don’t think it is on track for a “good” or “very good” government.
And when asked how they would feel if they were in power, Canadians say they would be less likely to be satisfied with their own government.
One in five Canadians, 22 per cent are satisfied with the way things are going in Canada and a majority, 53 per cent say they are satisfied or very satisfied with how things are working in Canada.
Chong said the public’s dissatisfaction with the Liberals has become a bit of a political liability in recent years.
“When it comes to government, Canadians want something that is positive,” he added.
“I think they’re tired of the negativity.”
Chong is not surprised by the dissatisfaction Canadians have with the Trudeau government, but he said there are some things the Liberals have done well that could be improved.
For example, he said the government has been proactive in promoting the development of renewable energy in Canada over the last several years.
But he added the Liberals haven’t been as transparent as they could be about their policies and priorities, which could be good for Canadians.
Chong noted that the Liberals are very popular among millennials.
He said it was a good thing they were able to bring in a Liberal member of parliament to represent the riding of Toronto-Danforth.
“There is a lot of frustration with the Conservatives,” Chong said.
“[But] there’s not enough of a party of the people, or a party that’s interested in the interests of working people.”
With files from The Canadian Press