Poll reveals the most and least popular premiers in Canada

Left to right: New Brunswick Premier David Alward, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Ontario Premier...

Left to right: New Brunswick Premier David Alward, Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger, Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne and Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall. (QMI Agency File Photos)

Kristin Annable, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 1:10 PM ET

WINNIPEG — Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger is now tied with New Brunswick's David Alward for least popular premier in the country, according to an Angus Reid poll.

While he holds the same 28% approval rating he did three months ago, two even less popular leaders have since resigned — Newfoundland and Labrador’s Kathy Dunderdale and Alberta’s Alison Redford.

The new distinction marks the latest in a long list of polls showing an increasing dislike for Selinger that began around the time he broke an election promise, raising the PST while removing legislation that would have required a referendum to do so.

"With the PST, it knocked him over and nothing since then (has happened) that would help him get out of it,” said Royce Koop, a political studies professor at the University of Manitoba.

Since voters associate the hike directly with Selinger, Shannon Sampert, an associate politics professor at the University of Winnipeg, said the NDP's only choice for 2015 may be a new leader.

"The PST seems to be a continuing millstone around his neck. The idea is if they are actually able to change leaders at this point in time, they allow themselves some momentum for the next election," she said.

"(PC Leader Brian) Pallister seems to increasingly be the guy to beat, so putting a new leader in place that is charismatic and can actually divorce himself from the PST issue may actually mean the NDP could survive the next election.”

Saskatchewan’s Brad Wall ranked first with 66% approval, followed by Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil at 66%, Newfoundland and Labrador’sTom Marshall at 49%, B.C.’s Christie Clark and 38% and Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne at 36%.

The survey was conducted among 6,445 Canadian adults from March 3-9. It has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 1.2%.

-- With files from Michael Mui

kristin.annable@sunmedia.ca

Twitter: @kristinannable


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