Poll reveals the extent of Liberal unpopularity in Ontario

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Many Liberal party supporters were hoping Premier Kathleen Wynne would step down before the polls next year, but were disappointed when she resolutely refused to even consider it. A government-commissioned poll reveals the extent of her dismal personal approval ratings.

The last nine of months of polling that have landed in Kathleen Wynne’s lap, and were obtained by The Canadian Press through a Freedom of Information request, suggest improving public opinion fortunes for a now somewhat less unpopular Liberal government.

The polling conducted by the Gandalf Group — found widespread support for the $15 minimum wage plan and general support for carbon pricing.

An Angus Reid survey in June put Wynne’s approval rating at 15 per cent — up from 12 in March.

The worst overall month for the government was in January, with 61 per cent of respondents saying it was on the wrong track. By July, that was down to 49 per cent, versus 43 per cent saying the government was on the right track — a gap that hadn’t been that narrow since July 2016.

After March’s hydro announcement, that swung dramatically the other way, with 45 per cent of people citing “government reducing cost.”

And since then, the government’s performance rating on electricity prices increased steadily, with 44 per cent of respondents in July calling it excellent or good, up from 34 per cent in March.
More than three-quarters of respondents — 79 per cent — said they supported the Fair Hydro Plan, though a much smaller number — 55 per cent — said they actually believed their bill would decrease by the promised 25 per cent.

When it comes to the government’s cap-and-trade system, the polling suggested Ontarians are very supportive in principle, but less so on the specifics. – CINEWS

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