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article imagePoll: Ontario, Quebec Premiers voted least popular in Canada

By Andrew Moran     Dec 20, 2011 in Politics
Toronto - A new study released this week suggests that Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty and Quebec Premier Jean Charest are the least popular premiers in Canada. Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall is the most popular.
Canada’s provinces and territories recently conducted a number of elections. Some provinces saw the incumbent regain control of the province, while others saw opposing parties receive a mandate from the provincial electorate.
Well, now is the time to see which of the country’s premiers are the most popular and least popular heading into the new year.
According to a new survey from Angus Reid, it seems that Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall, who led the Saskatchewan Party to a majority government, is the most popular provincial leader in the country. Wall received a 71 percent approval rating in the online survey.
In second place is Progressive Conservative Premier of Newfoundland and Labrador Kathy Dunderdale. Dunderdale, who led her party to a majority government after taking the reins from Danny Williams, has an approval rating of 60 percent.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford speaks at a press conference in Toronto.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford speaks at a press conference in Toronto.
Alberta Premier Alison Redford, who has captured national headlines with the oilsands and the Keystone pipeline, is in third place with 53 percent. In October, Redford won the Progressive Conservative Association of Alberta leadership and was sworn in as the province’s 14th premier on Oct. 7.
Meanwhile, when it comes to the least popular premiers in Canada, the figures show pretty much the same data from previous surveys.
The study suggests that the premier with the lowest approval rating is Quebec Premier Jean Charest with only 26 percent approving of his job as head of government.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty, who was only one seat away from gaining another majority government in October’s election, is the second least popular premier. The Liberal premier has an approval rating of 38 percent.
Nova Scotia New Democratic Party Premier Darrell Dexter, who defeated incumbent PC premier Rodney MacDonald in a landslide victory in 2009, is the third least popular premier. Only 39 percent approve of his performance.
The online study was conducted with 7,282 randomly selected adults between Nov. 25 and Dec. 5. The survey contains a margin of error of +/- 1.2 percentage points.
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