With all of the well-publicized failures of the Liberal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau still enjoys an overall approval rating of 51 per cent, according to the Morning Consult Global Leader Approval Rating Tracker.
In net terms — i.e., subtracting those who disapprove from those who approve — Trudeau stands at eight per cent. That might not sound great, but many world leaders are in negative territory on their net approval ratings, with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga bringing up the rear at -32 per cent.
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The outlier in terms of popularity remains Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who has a 57 per cent net approval rating. Among major Western countries, the leaders of Australia and Germany are doing better than Trudeau, but many are doing much worse.
Why is Trudeau still so popular? Ironically, the answer is COVID-19.
Trudeau is one of a clutch of world leaders who have seen their popularity soar as a result of the pandemic. A look at Trudeau’s approval and disapproval ratings going back to the fall of 2019 shows a chart that looks like a pair of scissors.