Despite Rachel Notley’s approval rating have risen since September, two thirds of Albertans recently surveyed by the Angus Reid Institute still do not approve of the job the Premiere is doing.
The institute released premiere performance ratings for this quarter, and though 32% is a ways away from winning majority approval, Notley’s score is still above three other provincial premiers.
Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil, New Brunswick’s Brian Gallant, and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne all came in lower than Notley, with 25%, 24%, and 20%, respectively.
Alberta’s premier actually saw an increase in approval since last quarter, jumping up 3% from when the same survey was administered in September.
Even so, she still has a long way to go to get back to the 53% approval rating she held in her first months in office, all the way back in June 2015.
Given the other premier’s numbers, it’s clear that approval tends to drop the longer you hold the position – with the exception of Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall, who, after seven years, is still the most approved of Canadian premier with 53%.
The guy must be doing something right.
The only other premier coming close to majority approval is BC’s newly elected John Horgan, who managed to increase his original 48% rating up to 49% this quarter.
As for Notley, she has less than two years to win back her province’s approval, as the newly elected leader of the UCP, Jason Kenney, just won his seat in legislature during the Calgary-Lougheed byelection.
A profound thank-you to the tens of thousands of Albertans who have built this movement and momentum! Four successful campaigns in a year. Now another 18 months of hard work to get our province back on track & renew the Alberta Advantage. pic.twitter.com/nzw9xBBtlS
— Jason Kenney (@jkenney) December 15, 2017
The next Alberta Provincial Election will take place on, or before, May 31, 2019.