Campbell is "least popular" premier, pollster says
The BC Liberals on Wednesday reversed course on massive cuts to charity groups, but can they reverse their plummeting approval numbers?
Poll data provided exclusively to CTV News shows that Premier Gordon Campbell's popularity has plummeted. During the election, 36 percent of British Columbians thought he was doing a good job. That's now dropped to 17 percent.
The poll also shows that only 1 percent have a more favourable perception of Campbell over the last three months. Twenty-three percent haven't changed their opinion. Seventy percent say their opinion has worsened.
"Gordon Campbell is the least popular premier in all of Canada," said Hamish Marshall of Angus Reid Strategies.
One thousand residents in B.C. were polled. The poll is considered accurate 19 times out of 20 with a margin of error of 3.5 percent.
The Liberals scored some points Wednesday when they announced that they were backing down on massive cuts to charity groups.
"There are many organizations for whom we had made written commitments," said Finance Minister Colin Hansen. "And we recognized that in living up to our initial intent was that we had to honour our commitments."
Hansen says that an extra $20 million in promised grants will come from the government's contingency fund.
The reversal came on the heels of the threat of a class-action lawsuit from the B.C. Association of Charitable Gaming on behalf of those charities that had signed agreements with the government guaranteeing annual funding.
But the struggle isn't over for some.
Daune Campbell, who runs a Vancouver production company, said she thinks she'll still only get about a third of the money that she says she was promised.
With files from CTV British Columbia's Jon Woodward and The Canadian Press