Kathleen Wynne's Approval Rating Hits a Record Low
Just 12% of Ontarians polled approve of premier's performance, says Angus Reid Institute
Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne's approval rating has plunged to just 12 per cent, according to a poll released Friday by the Angus Reid Institute.
It's a drop of four percentage points for Wynne since the polling firm's previous survey of Ontario voters, conducted in December. It is also Wynne's lowest-ever approval rating in an Angus Reid survey since she became premier.
Asked "Do you approve or disapprove of the performance" of Wynne, 81 per cent of those polled said they disapprove, while seven per cent said they were not sure.
The result "continues a very long and steady decline in approval" for Wynne since the fall of 2014, said Shachi Kurl, the polling firm's executive director.
"We tend to see premiers offering up their resignations or quitting politics when their approval levels get to this point," said Kurl. "However, the difference would be that Wynne appears to continue to have the support, at least publicly, of her caucus."
Earlier this week, a prominent Liberal urged Wynne to consider resigning and allow a new leader to contest the election, to be held June 7, 2018. Wynne has repeatedly said she intends to stay on for the campaign.
The poll was commissioned and conducted by Angus Reid as part of its regular quarterly polling of premiers' approval ratings across Canada.
It was conducted from March 6 to 13 — after the March 2 release of Wynne's plan to cut the average hydro bill by a further 17 per cent this summer.
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