Poll shows Christy Clark tied for least popular premier in Canada
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark is tied for the dubious distinction of least popular provincial leader, according to an Angus Reid poll released Monday.
Clark shares last place with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale on a ranking of Canadian premiers. Both have approval ratings of just 25 per cent.
B.C. NDP leader Adrian Dix, meanwhile, was among the highest ranking Opposition leaders, with an approval rating of 49 per cent.
The poll, conducted online between March 11 and March 23, found Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall leads the country in popularity with an approval rating of 64 per cent. New Brunswick’s David Alward is a distant second at 41 per cent, followed by Manitoba’s Greg Seliger at 38 per cent and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne with 36 per cent.
Quebec Premier Pauline Marois saw her popularity decline, falling to 33 per cent, while Nova Scotia’s Darrell Dexter drew 30 per cent approval. Alberta Premier Allison Redford saw the most staggering decline in popularity with her approval rating plummeting to 29 per cent from 47 per cent in December 2012. The poll did not include results for Prince Edward Island Premier Robert Ghiz.
The results of Monday’s poll are consistent with other surveys showing Clark’s popularity sagging, particularly in comparison to the NDP’s Dix, who tied for third place among provincial opposition leaders.
Newfoundland and Labrador NDP leader Lorraine Michael led that race with 61 per cent approval, followed by Alberta’s Wild Rose Party leader Danielle Smith with 51 per cent. Ontario NDP leader Andrea Horwath drew 49 per cent approval, tying with Dix.
Provincially, the poll found Dix easily outpaced his competition in B.C., with B.C. Green party leader Jane Sterk drawing 32 per cent approval, while B.C. Conservative Party leader John Cummins drew 20 per cent.
The Angus Reid poll was conducted through an online survey of 7,091 randomly selected Canadian adults with a margin of error of plus/minus 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.