Poll reveals Justin Trudeau's popularity remains high in B.C. and across country

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      The federal Liberals have a slight lead over the Conservatives in a new Angus Reid Institute poll.

      Among respondents, 37 percent said they would support the Liberals in their riding if an election were held tomorrow. That compares to 34 for the Conservatives and 17 percent for the federal New Democrats. The Greens were chosen by six percent and the Bloc Quebecois by four percent.

      Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau had a 54 percent approval rating, whereas 42 percent expressed disapproval. It's his highest disapproval rating since August 2015.

      In B.C. Trudeau's approval rating was 58 percent, which was sharply up from the 51 percent reported in a March Angus Reid Institute poll.

      In B.C. where the Trudeau government has supported the Kinder Morgan pipeline and the Site C dam, Liberal voting intentions have risen four percent since 2015. That's the ruling party's best performance across the country over that period.

      Since 2015, the intention to vote Liberal fell most sharply in Newfoundland and Labrador, dropping by 21 percent. The Liberals' next worst declines were in Manitoba (down 14 percent) and Nova Scotia (down eight percent).

      The poll was conducted between June 5 and 12 with a randomized sample of 5,406 Canadians who are members of the Angus Reid Forum.

      When asked who would make the best prime minister, 37 percent said Trudeau, 19 percent named Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer, and 10 percent favoured NDP Leader Tom Mulcair. Another 29 percent stated that they were not sure.

      Scheer was deemed to be best suited to deal with the economy. He was chosen by 30 percent compared with 27 percent for Trudeau.

      Respondents were asked to cite the two most important issues facing the country. The economy topped the list at 30 percent. The deficit/government spending was next at 24 percent, followed by health care (23 percent), jobs/unemployment (17 percent), and terrorism/security (13 percent).

      Rounding out the list were environment/pollution (12 percent), taxes (11 percent), income inequality (10 percent), First Nations/aboriginal affairs (six percent), and energy/natural resources (six percent).