Angus Reid puts Kathy Dunderdale at 20 per cent approval rating
Premier Kathy Dunderdale is “struggling bad with voter approval” according to Angus Reid Global’s statement on its latest survey looking at Canadian premiers.
The polling was completed from Sept. 5-13, with results released Monday. The poll looked at leadership approval in nine provinces, placing Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale as the leader with the lowest approval rating of all the provinces for which there are results.
When asked whether they approve or disapprove of the premier’s performance, 20 per cent of respondents said they approved of Dunderdale’s work. Another 73 per cent of people disapproved, with about eight per cent not sure. The percentages do not total to 100 due to rounding.
The poll was an online survey of 6,559 randomly-selected adults from Angus Reid Global’s pool of “panellists,” Canadians who have agreed to share their opinions in the company’s surveys on everything from public policy to consumer products. They are rewarded with sweepstakes entries or “survey dollars” for a charity of their choice.
The margin of error on the poll is plus or minus 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
As opposed to the premier, Liberal leadership candidate Dwight Ball pulled in a 57 per cent approval in the poll, while 63 per cent of respondents said they approved of NDP leader Lorraine Michael’s work.
A statement provided by the premier’s office in response to the poor poll result suggests popularity, as reflected in the public poll, is not a concern for Dunderdale.
“We are a principle-centred government that places the best interests of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians at the core of every decision we make. These decisions have allowed us to build a plan for the future; a plan that is effective and sustainable,” it reads.
“The success of our plan and vision for this province is recognized throughout the country. In fact, all five major national banks say Newfoundland and Labrador will lead the provinces this year in GDP growth.
“We will continue to utilize every opportunity to listen to the people of the province and speak honestly with them about our plan for the future of Newfoundland and Labrador.”
Looking at results from past Angus Reid Global polls, the premier has dropped down from her ratings from earlier this year. She registered a 26 per cent approval rating in June and 25 per cent in March.
“I suggest she look at the polls,” said NDP MHA George Murphy. “The polls are telling her something is wrong. I don’t know what she’s doing to correct it.”
Murphy noted his leader’s strong showing, saying NDP numbers have been doing well in the polls since at least 2010 — something he credited to offering the right suggestions to government on the right issues.
Calls to a Liberal spokeswoman seeking response on the poll went unreturned as of press time.