Canadian’s Mood has Soured As Omicron Has Spread – David Colette Abacus Data

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49 Per Cent of Canadians Say Canada Headed in Wrong Direction

Thunder Bay – POLITICS – David Colette of Abacus Data reports, “Since early December, the mood of the country has soured as Omicron has spread and anxiety about the pandemic has increased”.

In a poll of 2200 Canadians Abacus states, “Today, 37% feel the country is headed in the right direction (down 5 from early December) while 47% think it’s on the wrong track, up 4. Views on the direction of the world and the United States have also taken a negative turn.

The overall shift in mood is mirrored by rising anxiety about the pandemic.

Today 47% say they have become more worried about the pandemic over the past few days – an increase of 3-points since the end of November and a 23-point increase since October. 1 in 3 Canadians believes that the worst of the pandemic is still to come, up 5 since late November.

Despite this shift in mood, impressions of the federal government are unchanged from late November.

Slightly more approve (44%) than disapprove (40%) of the federal government, almost exactly the same levels as at the end of November. The Trudeau government’s net approval (approve – disapprove) regionally is -5 in BC, -24 in Alberta, -4 in Saskatchewan and Manitoba, +5 in Ontario, +19 in Quebec, and +18 in Atlantic Canada.

LEADER IMPRESSIONS

Justin Trudeau enjoys a positive impression among 40% and negative impressions among 42%, for a net score of -2. This is largely unchanged from the end of November.

Today, 21% have a positive impression of the Conservative leader Erin O’Toole while his negatives are at 46% for a net score of -25. A slight worsening since November and the highest negatives we’ve recorded for him.

Jagmeet Singh enjoys a positive impression among 40% and finds negative impressions among 23% for a net score of +17, also similar to our results in November but his positives are down 6 points the election in September.

In Quebec, BQ Leader Mr. Blanchet is 38% positive and 24% negative for a net score of +14. Mr. Trudeau is +11 and Mr. O’Toole is -29 in Quebec.

VOTING INTENTIONS

If an election were held now, the Liberals would win 32% of the vote (in line with the 2021 election share and unchanged from November 2021), the Conservatives would win 30% (4-points lower than their share in the election and unchanged from November) and the NDP 19% (1-point higher). The BQ is at 8% nationally while the People’s Party is at 7% and the Greens at 3%.

• BC: a three-way race with the NDP at 33%, Liberals at 32%, and the Conservatives at 27%.

• Alberta: 54% would vote Conservative compared with 20% for the NDP, 17% for the Liberal Party, and 6% for the People’s Party.

• Manitoba and Saskatchewan: The Conservatives lead with 38%, followed by the Liberal at 27% and the NDP at 21%.

• Ontario: The Liberals have a 3-point lead over the Conservatives (37% to 34%) with the NDP in third at 19%. The People’s Party is polling at 7% in Ontario.

• Quebec: We see the BQ slightly ahead of the Liberals (35% to 32%) with the Conservatives at 13%, the NDP at 9%, and the People’s Party at 8%.

• Atlantic: The Liberals lead by 7 with 33% compared with 26% for the NDP, 25% for the Conservatives, and 10% for the People’s Party.

“Very little has changed since late November in terms of Canadian public opinion towards politics. Although the rise of Omicron has certainly soured many Canadians’ mood, this shift has not had much impact on how the public views the federal government and political leaders in Ottawa.

“Right now, the public is clearly focused on getting through this challenging period and few are likely paying much attention to politics”