Poll: Just 1 in 3 Albertans approve of Rachel Notley's job as Premier

Dec 19 2017, 5:56 pm

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.

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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.


Canadian Premier approval rating as of December 2017 (Angus Reid Institute)

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.


Rachel Notley’s approval rating during her time in office (Angus Reid Institute)

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%.


Brad Wall’s approval rating during her time in office (Angus Reid Institute)

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.

The next Alberta Provincial Election will take place on, or before, May 31, 2019.