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Strong support for UCP government’s pandemic response down to just 4%

Plus, Jason Kenney’s approval tanks at 22%, his lowest ever.

Over the weekend, Canadian polling and market research firm Léger released their latest survey of how Canadian governments have performed during the pandemic.

When the 1,537 respondents were asked how they thought the federal, provincial, and municipal governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 17% of Alberta participants said they were satisfied with their provincial government’s response.

Alberta ranked the lowest of all the provinces, with Manitoba and Saskatchewan coming in second lowest with a collective 42%.

When split out even more, respondents who were “somewhat satisfied” with the UCP pandemic response was 13%, while those who were “very satisfied” came in at only 4% of respondents.

The dissatisfaction rate for Alberta was 80%, the highest in the country. Manitoba and Saskatchewan were next again, with a combined 56%.

SatisfiedDissatisfied
BC61%34%
AB17%80%
MB/SK42%56%
ON52%43%
QC74%21%
ATL75%22%
Provincial governments

That Alberta dissatisfaction broke down even further to 28% “somewhat dissatisfied” and 52% “very dissatisfied”.

Now, to be fair, just because Alberta performed so poorly, it isn’t necessarily because people think they’re not doing enough. Alberta participants also gave the lowest approval ratings to the federal government.

SatisfiedDissatisfied
BC54%43%
AB45%51%
MB/SK56%41%
ON57%37%
QC60%34%
ATL75%19%
Federal government

Alberta respondents also felt that their municipal governments responded poorly to the pandemic, being the only province that with a minority of respondents viewing local response favourably:

SatisfiedDissatisfied
BC63%27%
AB46%50%
MB/SK65%28%
ON60%30%
QC65%18%
ATL74%17%
Municipal government

On a related note, 81% of Alberta respondents support a vaccine passport in the province, the second highest level of any province:

SupportOppose
BC86%14%
AB81%19%
MB/SK77%23%
ON76%24%
QC77%23%
ATL70%30%
Municipal government

Also, when asked whether governments should lift all COVID-19 restrictions right now, 3 out every 4 respondents in Alberta said no.

YesNo
BC10%87%
AB14%76%
MB/SK15%78%
ON19%71%
QC25%69%
ATL14%81%
Municipal government

And that’s not all.

Think HQ, another polling firm, released their findings just yesterday and found that Alberta premier, Jason Kenney, has seen his support plummet.

When their 1,116 participants were asked to say whether they approve or disapprove of the performances of Kenney and NDP leader, Rachel Notley, only 22% said they approved of Kenney’s performance. And most of that was only “somewhat approve”.

Notley, on the other hand, received 50% overall approval.

Kenney’s disapproval rating was way higher than Notley’s, coming in at 61% for strongly disapprove, compared to Notley’s 39%

Strongly
approve
Somewhat
approve
Somewhat
disapprove
Strongly
disapprove
Unsure
Kenney6%16%16%61%1%
Notley32%18%8%39%3%

Here’s how both leaders fared according to how participants voted in the 2019 election:

ApproveDisapprove
UCPNDPAPUCPNDPAP
Kenney39%8%60%99%92%
Notley18%97%66%80%2%32%

This is Kenney’s worst performance since not only the 2019 provincial election, but since November 2017.

When broken down geographically, Kenney’s highest approval rating is in rural Alberta, but even that is only 30% overall.

Somewhat
approve
Strongly
approve
Overall
approve
Calgary CMA13%6%19%
Edmonton CMA15%4%19%
Small urban19%6%25%
Rural21%9%30%
North10%14%24%
Central26%2%28%
South20%9%29%

Men were slightly more likely to approve of Kenney’s performance (18% somewhat, 7% strongly) than women (15% somewhat, 5% strongly).

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By Kim Siever

I live in Lethbridge with my spouse and 4 of our 6 children. I’m a writer, focusing on political news, social issues, and the occasional poem. My politics are radically left.

I’m also dichotomally Mormon. And I’m a functional vegetarian: I have a blog post about that somewhere around here. My pronouns are he/him, and I’m queer.

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