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Majority of Canadians 'discouraged', 'resigned' over possibility of Trump re-election: poll

President Donald Trump gestures as he disembarks Air Force One upon arrival at Wheeling, W.Va., Wednesday, July 24, 2019. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Summary

New Angus Reid poll finds most Canadians think a Trump re-election would be bad news for Canada

7 in 10 people say Trump's performance so far has been terrible, worry lead up to the election could be equally as bad

British Columbians are among most concerned that a second term for Trump would have negative impacts on Canada

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – If President Donald Trump manages to stay in office for a second term, a majority of Canucks — 69 per cent — say it would be bad for Canada.

That’s eight times more than than those who believe his re-election would have a positive impact north of the 49th parallel, according to the Angus Reid Institute.

The majority of those polled say they have an overall negative view of how the president and his administration have performed since taking office in January of 2017.

Even more people — 72 per cent — say they’re not optimistic about what the future holds ahead of the U.S. presidential election in 2020.

“The two nations have engaged in tense trade negotiations since Trump’s election, while Prime Minister Trudeau has been the target of both condemnation and praise from the brash U.S. leader,” the Institute says.

According to the recent survey, British Columbians are among the most concerned that a second term with Trump in office would have negative impacts on Canada. Meantime, Albertans and those who support the Conservative Party of Canada are most likely to say Trump is good for Canada.

Women are about half as likely to support the president than Canadian men.

Angus Reid has found that the percentage of Canadians who are optimistic about the Trump presidency has “remained consistent since February 2017,” at about 72 per cent.