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Ford, other premiers see approval ratings soar

I-Politics reports several Canadian premiers have seen their approval ratings soar during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new Angus Reid Institute poll, with Ontario’s Doug Ford recording a 38-point hike since the last survey in February.

Sixty-nine per cent of Ontario residents now say they approve of Ford’s handling of his job, up from only 31 per cent three-plus months ago, which was one of the lowest recorded.

The online survey sought the opinions of a randomized sample of 5,001 Canadian adults (who are members of Angus Reid Forum) between May 19 to 24.  A probability sample of this size would carry a margin of error of plus or minus 1.4 percentage points, or 19 times out of 20.

The margin of error for the Ontario findings is plus or minus three percentage points as it features the opinions of only the 1,061 Ontario respondents.

After Ford, Stephen McNeil of Nova Scotia, a Liberal, saw the next-largest increase in his approval rating compared to February’s findings, shooting up 35 points to a 63-per-cent approval rating. New Brunswick’s Progressive Conservative Premier Blaine Higgs has the highest approval rating of any in the country at 80 per cent, a 32-point hike from February. New Brunswick has some of the fewest COVID-19 cases (cumulatively and per capita) in the country and was one of the first to emerge from its economic lockdown.

Newfoundland and Labrador’s Dwight Ball, a Liberal, was one of the most unpopular premiers in the country before COVID-19 hit as his province faced a worrying financial crisis in the face of mounting public debt (and huge cost overruns with its major hydroelectric projects). But, in the last Angus Reid poll, Ball won the approval of 57 per cent of Newfoundland and Labrador respondents, a 31 point increase from February’s findings. The full IPolitics story is here.

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