TORONTO | Nearly three out of four Canadians (72%) approve of Justin Trudeau’s stance on the fiery US President Donald Trump, who imposed illegal surcharges on steel and aluminum, and called on the Canadian Prime Minister “Dishonest and weak” at the end of the last G7 summit held in La Malbaie.
Even the Americans are mostly behind Justin Trudeau and their own president. In addition, Canadians are ready to put their shoulder to the wheel. Thus, 70% of respondents say they will avoid buying products from the United States.
This is revealed by an Ipsos poll conducted on behalf of Global News, whose data were released Saturday.
The probe, however, indicates that Canadians are certainly worried, while 81% of respondents believe that the tug of war between the two partners has damaged bilateral relations.
Confidence in the Trudeau government’s ability to navigate the turbulent waters of the renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) fell by 6%, but 55% of respondents still believe that the federal Liberals can negotiate in the best interests of Canada.
There are still Canadians who side with Donald Trump. Fourteen per cent of people say they approve of the way they do diplomacy.
A majority of Americans behind Trudeau
On the other hand, Justin Trudeau can be proud of having the approval of a majority of Americans. An Ipsos survey conducted in the United States indicates that 57% of Americans agree with Mr. Trudeau’s way of managing the situation, while only 37% of Americans think the same thing about the management of Donald Trump.
Canadians believe Justin Trudeau must stand firm to his American counterpart, with 79% of respondents approving Canadian economic retaliation for the US surtax on steel and aluminum.
However, 55% of respondents are aware that this could be a dangerous game as people fear that Justin Trudeau and his government will push Donald Trump out (49%), which could hurt the economy. Canada.
Nearly nine out of ten Canadians (88%) are happy that the opposition parties in Ottawa are behind the government, in the interest of the country.
The survey was conducted online from June 13 to 15 among 1001 Canadians aged 18 and over. The margin of error is 3.5 points, 19 times out of 20.