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Jason Kenney receives 55% disapproval rating in recent survey

This past Monday, Angus Reid Institute published the results of a recent poll regarding the performance of most premiers in the country.

Conducted between 26–20 August 2020, the poll found that Jason Kenney, the premier of Alberta, had an approval rating of only 42%.

That puts him at second lowest in the country (behind Andrew Furey of Newfoundland and Labrador) and his lowest in the province since being elected, when he was over 60%. Earlier this summer, Kenney was at 43%.

His disapproval rating was at 55%, with 3% of the 584 respondents indicating that they weren’t sure whether they approved of his performance.

The results have a 4% margin of error, which means his approval rating could actually be as high as 46% or as low as 38%.

Here are Angus Reid’s comments regarding Kenney’s performance:

Albertans have grown increasingly critical of his government’s response to the coronavirus and the province’s finances are in historically poor shape with oil revenues plummeting and pandemic-related economic shocks persisting. COVID-19 cases began rising in mid-July to an average of more than 100 per day and remain above that mark.

Leading the premier performance polling were BC’s John Horgan (69%), Ontario’s Doug Ford (66%), and Québec’s François Legault (65%).

Here are Kenney’s performance results, according to Angus Reid polling, over the past 14 months.

The poll didn’t ask about other political party leaders in Alberta, so it’s difficult to say whether this continued drop in support will result in a different government in 2023.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on municipal, provincial, and federal politics, specializing in investigative journalism and critical analysis from a leftist political lens. He also writes regular editorials on general politics and social issues.

2 replies on “Jason Kenney receives 55% disapproval rating in recent survey”

What are your thoughts on the fact the survey was conducted online? Seems to me like it wouldn’t reach a large majority of The UCP support base.

I imagine plenty of their base is online. Someone is making all those memes. 🙂 The question is whether they belong to their survey panel.

This is why it’s important to watch aggregate data, such as 338Canada. I think taking all the polls from various sources and watching the data over time is the best indicator of voter intention.

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