March 3, 2014 7:45 pm
Updated: March 3, 2014 10:27 pm

Premier Redford’s approval rating tanking, according to new poll


CALGARY- The throne speech is now out of the way, but Premier Redford still has a lot of work to do if she wants to win back voters.

Those are the findings from a Leger poll conducted last week, which shows the Wildrose Party has the most support in Alberta, followed by the Tories, Liberals then NDP.

FF Leger Poll Feb 2014 party

Respondents voted Danielle Smith as the most popular party leader—with Premier Redford coming in dead last with only a 20 per cent approval rating.

FF Leger Poll Feb 2014  leader popularity

Experts say it all comes back to the ongoing expense scandal, including news that a jaunt to South Africa cost taxpayers $45,000.

“I think it’s the hold and stickiness of these expense scandals, and just the feeling that the premier is entitled and surrounding herself with people that have a sense of entitlement,” explains political analyst Duane Bratt. “It’s a personal thing, it’s not the party’s policies, it’s not her polices, it’s about her.”

With the next provincial election still two years away, some suggest the PCs can make a comeback, starting with Thursday’s budget.

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