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TORONTO (Sputnik) – Nearly 60 percent of Canadians do not have confidence in Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s abilities to prevent a deepening economic crisis amid the novel coronavirus pandemic, an Angus Reid poll revealed.
“Many Canadians express doubt about Trudeau’s ability to prevent worsening economic conditions. Asked how much confidence they have in Trudeau to prevent a deepening economic crisis, just over one-in-three (36 percent) say that they feel confident with him in charge, while 58 percent are not confident,” Angus Reid said on Thursday.
The poll, however, found that a slight majority of Canadians – 52 percent – entrust Trudeau to prevent more COVID-19-related fatalities.
In addition, Canadians are split regarding the worsening economic conditions versus health risks as 51 percent of respondents said that they are concerned about the health risks amid the ongoing pandemic, while 49 percent are vexed about the state of the economy in the coming months.
The novel coronavirus pandemic has had a profound effect on the Canadian economy with nearly a quarter of the labor force employed in February having had their income streams substantially affected and unemployment rate rising to 13 percent, according to the federal statistics agency.
Additionally, Statistics Canada announced earlier this week that the Canadian economy contracted by 8.2 percent in the first quarter of 2020 in their Gross Domestic Product, Income and Expenditure First Quarter Report.