WINNIPEG – Premier Manitoba has the lowest approval rating among the Canadian premier league according to a new opinion poll suggesting it has been steadily declining since the spring.
A new opinion poll by the Angus Reid Foundation has asked Canadians from coast to coast what they think of their premiership as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to hit the country.
“The trend line also indicates that the days of provincial leaders who appear to be politically incapable of doing – as they did in the spring and summer – are long gone,” the poll’s findings read.
Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister had the lowest approval rating of the nine premiers whose performance respondents were asked to rate, with 32 percent of residents approving the premier. This is a decrease of 12 points since the last quarter.
Of those questioned, 64 percent disapproved of Pallister and four percent were not sure.
(Source: Angus Reid Foundation)
“Manitoba is currently under some of the strictest lock-in measures in the country, with the province asking people to leave their homes for essentials only and limiting private and public gatherings,” the survey reads . “Manitoba health officials, alongside Alberta, are dealing with the fastest spread of the virus in the country over the past two weeks on a per capita basis.”
While Alberta is in a similar position to Manitoba, its premier Jason Kenny scored a 40 percent approval rating – scoring higher than Pallister, but still the second-lowest approval rating of all provinces.
Kenny’s approval rating has been steadily declining for more than a year.
British Columbia Premier John Horgan and his NDP government and Quebec Premier Francois Legault scored the highest score in the country, both receiving a 64 percent approval rating from their constituents.
The margin of error of Manitoba’s findings was more than or less than four percentage points.
Angus Reid conducted an online survey between November 24 and 30 among 5,003 Canadian adults, 499 of them in Manitoba. The overall margin of error was plus or minus 1.4 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
The survey was commissioned and paid for by the Angus Reid Foundation.