Christy Clark is Canada’s second-least popular premier: poll
British Columbia Premier Christy Clark responds to questions about the teachers' dispute and strike on Tuesday May 27, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Published Thursday, March 19, 2015 4:26PM PDT
A new poll has named B.C.’s premier the second-least popular in Canada, besting only Manitoba’s Greg Selinger.
The Angus Reid Institute survey pegged Christy Clark’s approval rating at just 33 per cent, placing her near the bottom of the pack but still well head of Selinger’s 22.
Manioba’s embattled premier raised the provincial sales tax two years ago and has struggled for support since; his latest numbers actually represent a five per cent bump.
Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall sits at the top of the heap, according to the poll, enjoying nearly two-thirds approval, followed by Alberta’s Jim Prentice at 43 per cent.
Clark’s approval rating hit a personal low of 25 per cent before her surprise election win in 2013, then spiked to 45 per cent. Her numbers slowly dwindled after that and have been hovering around one-third approval since September.
The online survey polled 6,278 Canadians in a randomized and representative sample of Angus Reid Forum panelists. A survey that size carries a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.