Monday, March 15, 2010
Premier Gordon Campbell's dead cat 2% Olympic bounce leaves him still one of Canada's most unpopular premiers - can you spell HST?
BC Premier Gordon Campbell now knows that the Vancouver Olympics, red mittens and shameless camera mugging have boosted his popularity by - wait for it - a measly 2% in a new poll that shows he is still one of Canada's biggest losers.
Angus Reid Public Opinion today released it's "Who's the Most Unpopular Premier of Them All" poll - and while Campbell hasn't hit bottom yet, his terrible 23% approval rating is only 7% above Alberta Premier Ed Stelmach and 8% higher than New Brunswick Premier Shawn Graham - who is in the cellar at just 15% approval.
Campbell's disapproval rating is a hefty 60%, while 17% are not sure.
All of the above must dream of being Danny Williams - the popular and populist Newfoundland premier tops the approval ratings with a stunning 80% support level in his province!
One conclusion - the Harmonized Sales Tax planned to be imposed on July 1 in both BC and Ontario is killing those province's premiers - Ontario Liberal Premier Dalton MacGuinty is even worse off than Campbell at a mere 21% approval.
Also more popular than Campbell - Quebec Premier Jean Charest at 22%.
Dropping like rocks are Canada's newest NDP premiers - Nova Scotia's Darrel Dexter is at 23% - a huge drop from 43% just three months ago - and Greg Selinger of Manitoba at 27%.
Saskatchewan's right wing Premier Brad Wall is also doing very well with a 56% approval rating.
And unlike some polls, the Angus Reid rankings have a significantly large sample size - in BC 1000 people were surveyed for a +/- 3.1% margin of error.
Perhaps ironically, despite Gordon Campbell's massive Olympic expenditures and showboating and the polling taking place right during the event, his approval rating climbed just 2% from the last poll at the end of 2009 - a tiny rise identical to that of Stelmach and Williams - who did not host the Winter Games.