Sunday, December 05, 2010

We love them, we love them not...

If misery loves company, then perhaps Gordon Campbell isn't such a lonely man these days.

Campbell who has seen his popularity drop significantly in the last six months, can take some solace in the fact that when it comes to his fellow Premiers there's a fair amount of company in the ole political doghouse.

According to an Angus Reid poll released on Thursday,  Mr. Campbell shares most despised status with Ontario's Dalton McGuinty, both Premiers registered but 16 per cent support in the survey, twin tales of political trouble that have as a common denominator the introduction of the HST in recent months.

For the two embattled politicians, the only silver lining it seems in the Angus Reid survey is that their name wasn't Charest, the Quebec Premier currently mired in allegations of corruption around his government managed to grab the lowest of scores in the approval ratings, clocking in at but 14 per cent.

For the remainder of the Premiers the results aren't much better with the exception of Newfoundland's Danny Williams and Saskatchewan's Brad Wall.  While they have the support of 67 per cent and 60 per cent  of survey respondents in their provinces respectively, the remainder of those that placed in the survey stand in the thirties and twenties.

New Brunswick Premier David Alward has the third highest rating at 32 percent, four per cent more popular than Manitoba's Greg Selinger who was the approval of 28 per cent.

Ed Stelmach in Alberta can only dream of the kind of popularity that Peter Lougheed once had, Stelmach registered approval of 21 per cent, though in case that's a pretty good turnaround from last year when he was approved by only 14 per cent of those surveyed.  Nova Scotia's Darrel Dexter rounded out the list  with a 20 per cent approval rating.

For all there is one positive trend we guess, at least they have some form of name recognition, PEI's Robert Ghiz, Eva Aariak of Nunuavut, Dennis Fentie of Yukon and Floyd Roland of the Northwest Territories didn't even get a ranking amount the online poll of 6,000 respondents.

For Mr. Williams the numbers must be particularly sweet, he recently announced his retirement from provincial politics in Newfoundland, suggesting that when he leaves office before the end of this month he will be leaving with the admiration not only of his own province, and we imagine with the best wishes of more than a few from across the country.

Considering the numbers for all but Mr. Wall, that's not a level of respect that they will be able to share around the next meeting of the Premiers.

In fact judging by the lack of approval that most seem to hold these days, it might suggest that it's time to find a way to get back on track as to what the people are looking for in leaders.

It would seem that the way they are conducting their particular government agendas these days isn't finding much to appreciate from the folks that do the voting.

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