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Dwight Ball up in premiers’ popularity poll

The latest Angus Reid poll says Dwight Ball has made gains in popularity.
The latest Angus Reid poll says Dwight Ball has made gains in popularity. - Submitted

According to an Angus Reid poll released today (Tuesday) Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball made the largest jump in an approval rating poll, up eight points to 35 per cent approval.

Angus Reid suggested Ball may be scoring points with residents after he announced his government will seek to increase transparency at provincial energy regulator Nalcor.

The embattled energy corporation has been lambasted for its Muskrat Falls project, which has approached $13B in costs and been called “poorly planned” and “reckless” by Ball. The Liberal government has ordered an inquiry into the project, which was undertaken by the previous Conservative government, Angus Reid noted.

Meanwhile, Ball is expected in court in St. John’s today as he seeks an injunction against media reporting about certain documents connected with the recent Brandon Phillips murder trial.

Earlier this month, he won a temporary injunction.

The biggest drop in approval this quarter in the Angus Reid Poll belongs to Brian Gallant, who has sees his approval down 12 points since September, Angus Reid said.

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall tops the poll and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne is at the bottom.

The Angus Reid Institute said it analyzed the results of an online survey conducted from Dec. 7-14, 2017, among a representative, randomized sample of 5,413 Canadian adults who are members of the Angus Reid Forum. The survey data were donated by MARU/Matchbox. The sample plan included large over-samples in many provinces, weighted back to provide a national snapshot. For comparison purposes only, a probability sample of this size with this sample plan would carry a margin of error of plus or minus 2 percentage points, 19 times out of 20. Discrepancies in or between totals are due to rounding.


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