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Support nearly doubled for UCP government’s response to COVID-19 pandemic

Support for the Alberta government jumped from 17% at the beginning of October to 32% weeks later.

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

When the 1,512 respondents were asked how they thought the federal, provincial, and municipal governments have responded to the COVID-19 pandemic, 34% of Alberta participants said they were satisfied with their provincial government’s response.

That’s nearly twice as high as what I reported a month ago, when Léger had the UCP at only 17%.

Alberta ranked second lowest of all the provinces, with Saskatchewan coming in second lowest with a collective 30%.

When split out even more, respondents who were “somewhat satisfied” with the UCP pandemic response was 24%, while those who were “very satisfied” came in at only 8% of respondents.

The dissatisfaction rate for Alberta was 62%, the second highest in the country. Saskatchewan was highest again, with a combined 68%.

SatisfiedDissatisfied
BC74%25%
AB32%62%
SK30%68%
MB51%47%
ON56%39%
QC74%25%
ATL74%25%
Provincial governments

That Alberta dissatisfaction broke down even further to 21% “somewhat dissatisfied” and 41% “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
BC69%31%
AB54%40%
MB/SK60%38%
ON66%30%
QC64%35%
ATL80%17%
Federal government

While Alberta respondents felt that their municipal governments responded favourably to the pandemic, their satisfaction level was the second lowest of all the regions:

SatisfiedDissatisfied
BC64%24%
AB63%27%
MB/SK56%32%
ON67%25%
QC64%20%
ATL72%17%
Municipal government

On a related note, 79% of Alberta respondents support a vaccine passport in the province, the second highest level of any province:

SupportOppose
BC83%17%
AB79%21%
MB/SK81%19%
ON85%15%
QC79%21%
ATL91%9%
Municipal government

Also, when asked whether governments should lift all COVID-19 restrictions right now, 3 out every 5 respondents in Alberta said no, which was the lowest in the country.

YesNo
BC12%82%
AB27%61%
MB/SK22%72%
ON22%69%
QC30%64%
ATL9%88%
Municipal government

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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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