Most Canadians don't care about 'Elbowgate', finds poll

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The majority of Canadians do not care about ‘Elbowgate’ and still approve of Justin Trudeau, according to a new poll carried out by Ipsos on behalf of Global News.

The moniker refers to an incident last week, when Trudeau crossed the floor in the House of Commons to forcefully lead a Conservative MP to his seat and accidentally elbowed a NDP MP in the chest in the process.

While ‘Elbowgate’ has dominated headlines for a week, it appears they may have been making a mountain out of a molehill – public opinion research firm Ipsos has found most Canadians just do not care.

The poll surveyed 1,002 Canadians between May 20 and 24.

It found 63% of those questioned branded the incident “no big deal,” a momentary lapse in judgment for which he has already apologized and that “we should all just move on.”

Of course that still leaves 37% who disagreed – mostly Conservative, according to Ipsos – who said the issue raised serious questions about Trudeau’s maturity and judgement.

Meanwhile, 62% of those surveyed continued to approve of “the performance of the Liberal government under the leadership of Justin Trudeau.”

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