Americans favor Trudeau over Trump on trade policy: poll
More Americans see themselves aligned with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau than President Trump in the two leaders’ conflict over trade policy, a new poll finds.
A Global News/Ipsos poll released Saturday finds that Trudeau enjoys a 20-point advantage over the U.S. president among Americans when it comes to which leader respondents think is better handling the discussions over tariffs and other trade issues.
Fifty-seven percent of U.S. respondents told the poll they support Trudeau’s actions, compared to just 37 percent who said the same for Trump.
Just over seven in ten Americans added that the ongoing issue of tariffs imposed by the Trump administration on imports of steel and aluminum, which greatly affects Canada, has caused relations between the two countries to deteriorate.
The poll results come on the heels of another survey from Monmouth University that found Americans believe Trump has a better relationship with Russian President Vladimir Putin than any other leader.
Trudeau and Trump rhetorically clashed following the Group of Seven summit in Canada last week.
Trump shocked many in Washington by rebuking Trudeau after the Canadian leader announced reciprocal tariffs to combat the U.S.’s recent duties on steel and aluminum following the summit of world leaders last weekend.
“PM Justin Trudeau of Canada acted so meek and mild during our @G7 meetings only to give a news conference after I left saying that, ‘US Tariffs were kind of insulting’ and he ‘will not be pushed around,’ ” Trump tweeted while on his way to Singapore to meet North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
“Very dishonest & weak,” the president added. “Our Tariffs are in response to his of 270% on dairy!”
The poll surveyed 1,005 Americans between June 12-14 and carries a margin of error of 3.5 percentage points.
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