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Justin Trudeau's approval rates continue to decline: poll

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau takes part in a year end interview with The Canadian Press on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Dec. 14, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

The Prime Minister is ending off 2018 with some troubling polling numbers

A new poll from the Angus Reid Institute shows Trudeau's approval rating is at 35% compared to 46% a year ago

It also found Andrew Scheer is first choice as prefered Prime Minister

CANADA (NEWS 1130) – A new poll shows Justin Trudeau is facing some trouble when it comes to voter support. The latest survey from the Angus Reid Institute finds the approval rating for Canada’s Prime Minister is at a new low.

According to the poll, the number of people who favour Trudeau had fallen to 35 per cent, that’s a drop of 11 points compared to a year ago.

And for the first time since taking office, Trudeau is no longer seen as the national party leader who would be the best Prime Minister. That position has been narrowly taken by conservative Leader Andrew Scheer with 33 per cent versus Trudeau’s 27.

Shachi Kurl, executive director of the institute says the deteriorating numbers come after a year of challenges for the Trudeau government.

“A thought 12 months for the Trudeau government,” Kurl says. “Whether it’s been dealing with the pipeline file, running into a brick wall of opposition on his carbon pricing plan, the NAFTA negotiation.”

Trudeau saw the highest rate of disapproval in Alberta and Saskatchewan with 78 and 79 per cent respectively.

But Kurl says a lot can change before the next vote in October, adding 10 months is like a “millennia” in politics.

Meanwhile, Trudeau has told the Canadian Press he is confident he will win the next election by staying positive and not resorting to negative politics.

“Fundamentally believe in trusting in citizens’ capacity to be thoughtful about where we’re going as communities in a country.”

As we head into 2019, the poll also found the biggest concern for voters is the deficit and government spending.

The survey was conducted online from Dec. 12-18, 3,239 Canadian adults participated. The survey has a margin error of +/- 2.5 per cent.