Two Weeks Later
It has now been over two weeks since America's stunning national election white saw former television star Donald Trump become President-elect. The win was relatively, or even entirely, unexpected with most polls heading into the election suggesting an easy win for Hillary Clinton. While this in itself was a surprise to many, what was even more surprising was the outcry of dissatisfaction with the election results not just from Americans but from around the world. Two days after the election I personally watched from my apartment as hundreds of protesters marched downtown Vancouver to protest the Trump victory. At the same time this was occurring, dozens of similar protests were happening right around the world.
Now as much as I would love to dive into the debate on whether Trump should be president or not, this blog is about Canadian politics and issues that affect Canadians. With this in mind, I will instead focus this post on a recent study conducted by Ekos Politics which asked Canadians whether a Trump presidency would negatively or positively affect them and their family. The results are shown below:
Impact of Trump Presidency
First off, what's important to note when seeing these results is that the study asked respondents how a Trump presidency would affect them rather than if they support Trump and his ideologies. This is a very important distinction to make since there has been many misconceptions and interpretations of this study that link the results to overall Trump support which is just not true. It is entirely possible for someone to disagree with the majority of what Trump says and does but yet feels his policies will have a positive effect on them and their family. Take Alberta for example: Trump is very much pro-oil and anti-environment which is a fairly good thing for many families in Alberta who rely heavily on the energy sector for their employment and income. As a result, it's not a huge surprise that the majority of Albertans polled said that a Trump presidency was not a negative thing in terms of its affect on them and their family. This opinion is entirely different from an approval rating which is a common poll that asks respondents if they approve of a certain candidate/politician and their actions while in office. In a recent study, Canadians were asked if they approved or disapproved of the way Donald Trump is handling his job as President-elect so far. Here are the results:
Canadian Approval of Trump
This is a fairly significant result with over two-thirds of Canadians disapproving of Trump's performance so far. However, with all the shit the Donald has pulled in recent weeks I was still slightly surprised that 30% said he was doing a good job. Then again, he hasn't really done much since being named President-elect so overall it's hard to actually rate him in terms of performance. Nevertheless, when compared to Canada's approval rating of Obama as President-elect in 2009, it's clear Trump is far from our favorite...
Trump VS Obama
When 16 times as many Canadians disapprove of your performance compared to the last guy, things aren't looking so good North of the border. But hey, I guess all Trump has to do is build another wall and our opinions just won't matter as much anymore.
The Trump Impact
As mentioned, I will use every last ounce of strength I have to keep myself from writing a massive rant on my personal views of the US election. Instead, I will continue to publish articles such as this that help illustrate how a Trump presidency will affect Canadian politics, because let me assure you, it certainly will.