December 24, 2014 1:00 pm
Updated: December 24, 2014 2:11 pm

Santa’s approval rating trumps most Canadian politicians: exclusive poll


TORONTO – When Santa Claus is finished delivering presents this year, he may want to consider getting into politics.

With an approval rating of 85 per cent, most Canadian politicians would be hard-pressed to challenge him at the polls. Consider that our current prime minister, whose party is considered in a pretty good spot to win the 2015 federal election, has an approval rating of just 49 per cent.

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NDP Leader Thomas Mulcair has the highest approval rating of the three main party leaders at 57 per cent, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau trails Mulcair with 55 per cent.

As far as popular politicians go, former Mississauga Mayor Hazel McCallion is one of the few that could give Santa a run for his money in an election — during this year’s municipal election, McCallion had an approval rating of 85 per cent (and she wasn’t even running).

But don’t start ordering your “Santa for PM” lawn signs just yet — the question remains, is this guy for real?

Do you believe in Santa?

If you live in B.C., Ontario or Atlantic Canada, that answer is more likely to be ‘yes’ with more than a third of residents in each region saying they personally believe in Santa.

Folks in Quebec are having none of this, with only 15 per cent saying they believe in Jolly Old St. Nick.

Overall, three in ten Canadians — which translates roughly to 7 million adults — said they personally believe in Santa, up three points from two years ago.

Women were more likely to believe in Santa, at 30 per cent, compared to men (26 per cent).

Exclusive Global News Ipsos Reid polls are protected by copyright. The information and/or data may only be rebroadcast or republished with full and proper credit and attribution to “Global News Ipsos Reid.” This poll involved online interviews with a sample of 1,005 Canadians between December 16 to 19, 2014 on behalf of Global News. In this case, the poll is accurate to within +/- 3.5 percentage points had all Canadian adults been polled.

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