Rachel Notley may not be the most popular premier in the country, but her numbers have been on the rise over the past few years.
The long-standing Premier of Alberta has seen a sharp jump in favourability over the past year, shooting up from 33% last March to 40% — landing her sixth out of Canada’s nine premiers, according to a recent study from the Angus Reid Institute.
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BC’s John Horgan dropped down to third place (even though he sustained his 52% rating from last year) as newly elected Quebec Premier François Legault and Saskatchewan’s Scott Moe took the top two spots with 60% and 59% respectively.
The Angus Reid Institute is pulling these numbers from an online survey they conducted between March 11 and 24, using a representative, randomized sample of 5,807 Canadians.
Bringing up the rear is Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil, who has seen a significant dip since his high at 66% back in June 2014.
Given that the general trend shows a decrease in approval within the first year of premiership, Notley hasn’t done too bad a job of holding onto what approval remained after her dip back in 2015 — though she’ll need every bit of favour she can get heading into the provincial election this April.