‘Anaemic’ Liberal brand fails to motivate Canadians to vote them into majority government, Maru poll finds


Justin Trudeau may find himself in real trouble on Sept. 20, after a new poll has found that the majority of Canadians may vote for a political party other than the Liberals. The Maru Public Opinion survey found that 73 per cent of Canadians polled are open to voting for a party to run the country other than the Liberals led by Trudeau, while a mere 27 per cent have remained loyal to the prime minister. The poll surveyed 1,514 Canadians between August 28 and 29 with a margin of error of ± 2.5 per cent. Trudeau on Aug. 14 called a snap election for Sept. 20, arguing that Canadians deserved a say in the national fight to end the COVID-19 pandemic. The move was met with fierce criticism from opposition parties, who accused the prime minister of an opportunistic power grab, prioritizing his chance at a majority government before the health and safety of voters in the pandemic. However, Trudeau’s hopes that his government’s handling of the pandemic may garner him a win may be in vain, according to John Wright, the pollster’s executive vice president. […] How the Liberals’ fate plays out on Sept. 20 could also depend on factors affecting general turnout for the election.

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