VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) — Premier John Horgan’s approval rating isn’t taking much of a hit despite B.C.’s surge in COVID-19 cases, according to a poll.
Conducted by Angus Reid, the poll sees Horgan tied for the most popular premier nationally with Quebec Premier Francois Legault.
About 64 per cent of people who responded approve of Horgan’s performance, but he has fallen five points since the last round of ratings.
For the most part, Canadians think positively of their premiers, according to the poll. “But the trend line also indicates the days of provincial leaders appearing incapable of doing wrong politically – as they did in the spring and summer – are long gone,” Angus Reid says.
On the other end of the scale, Manitoba’s Brian Pallister only had 32 per cent approval, a 12 point drop. The province is currently under some of the strictest COVID-19 measures in the country where residents have been instructed on only going out for the essentials, with gatherings also restricted.
In Alberta, where the COVID-19 situation has drastically changed and daily case counts have risen to over 1,000, support for Jason Kenney is only slightly higher than Pallister’s, at 40 per cent.
“Manitoba health officials, alongside Alberta, are dealing with the fastest spread of the virus in the country over the past two weeks on a per capita basis,” reads the survey.
Meanwhile, in Ontario, Doug Ford’s approval dropped by 11 and now sits at 55 per cent. The province has been facing record hospitalizations in the second wave of the virus and the hardest-hit areas have gone into lockdown level restrictions.