Dunderdale approval rating lowest of premiers in latest poll

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Newfoundland Premier Kathy Dunderdale lies at the bottom of the results of a new Angus Reid public opinion poll released today that ranks the approval ratings for performance of Canada’s premiers.

Dunderdale’s approval rating came in at 26 per cent.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall at 67 per cent approval is the most popular provincial head of government in Canada, according to the poll. It is the only province where a majority of respondents are satisfied with the performance of the premier.

Meanwhile, Newfoundland Liberal Opposition Leader Dwight Ball tied at 53 per cent approval rating with Nova Scotia Liberal Leader Stephen McNeil for popularity of official opposition party leaders.

As to the approval rating for leaders of all provincial parties in Canada, Newfoundland NDP Leader Lorraine Michael came in second to Wall at 57 per cent approval.

A news release notes the online survey of a representative national sample of 6,540 Canadian adults asked respondents in nine provinces about the performance of their premiers and provincial party leaders between May 31 and June 4, 2013.

At the opposite end of the spectrum, New Brunswick Premier David Alward saw his approval rating drop 13 points to 28 per cent, followed by Quebec Premier Pauline Marois at 27 per cent and Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Kathy Dunderdale at 26 per cent.


See attached images for detailed results.




Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada, Saskatchewan Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec

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  • Betty
    July 26, 2013 - 10:32

    If you think Dwight Ball our savior...You better think again...You wants hardtimes...Put him in power...Then you will be talking out the other side of your mouth..

  • Frank
    June 25, 2013 - 06:58

    Na na na na, hey hey hey GOOD-BY. You had your chance Kathy. You ruined this province with your incompetence! Have not will be no more. What a joke.

  • hua mulan
    June 24, 2013 - 20:44

    26% ...that is a high number...are they sure? how could that be?...are you sure fershure?...it werent 1% by any chance...was there some tampering with the results, maybe poll padding....nay, consultants even honourable members wouldn't do such a ting....

  • Jack
    June 24, 2013 - 20:30

    Due to major job losses in Nova Scotia, particularly the Dartmouth Refinery closure, Farmer's Dairy cuts, and due to Halifax Water getting what they want with rate hikes that will cripple major employers like Oland Brewery, I have a feeling that Premier Dunderdale won't be Canada's most hated Premier for too long. That title will eventually go to Darrell Dexter as punishment for his leadership incompetence resulting in more and more Nova Scotians flocking to Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Newfoundland for greater employment chances. Keep in mind that in Nova Scotia, the job seeker to job ratio is 12 to 1, much higher than the national average of 6 job seekers for one job.

  • Graham
    June 24, 2013 - 19:12

    Do the right thing Premier Dunderdale and RESIGN......Resign right now. Your all washed up you have reached your best before date. Then again you haven't done anything else right since you became Premier so why start doing the right thing now. You will be gone after 2015 anyway. Just don't let the door hit you on the way out. BYE...BYE...Kathy BYE BYE

  • Cyril Rogers
    June 24, 2013 - 19:01

    My criticism of Ms Dunderdale is that she is arrogant and refuses to listen but she, and her Cabinet, are mostly tarred with the Danny brush. It is still his administration...she is merely the fall "guy" for his rash and arrogant approach to development. Sadly, most voters never did seem to see his flaws, and still don't want to admit they were wrong to give him such adulation, so they are heaping their scorn and criticism on Premier Dunderdale.

  • Maggy Carter
    June 24, 2013 - 16:49

    If there is anything positive that comes from this administration, it will be public insistence - not only on a change of government - but on urgent democratic reforms. We have seen how easily a government can be hijacked by a cabal of corporate profiteers who see this province's resources - even our public lands - as their private preserve. What they sought - and what they found in Dunderdale - is an amateurish, arrogant, thick skinned, political leadership who can be led around by the nose. Secrecy, intimidation and corporate influence - the hallmarks of dictatorships everywhere - are present in abundance in this government. Bill 29 was the first instalment of its plan to push aside transparency, accountability and even public opinion. What followed was a readiness to fold arms and stare down - indeed shout down - anyone from the media, the opposition, and the general public who dared ask important questions. Even government's own regulatory agencies like the PUB have been dismissed when they refused to rubber stamp a master plan concocted in back rooms by government and its corporate buddies. No, it's not surprising that Ms. Dunderdale has been awarded the dubious distinction of most disliked and distrusted politician in Canada.

  • tom
    June 24, 2013 - 15:18

    We need someone with a voiced opinion not someone who is never out in front of the issues. Ball is too meek... hoping the Liberals get someone new before election time who isn't afraid to speak his/her mind. We need to get rid of the secrecy law the PCs brought in so we can have a look at what is actually going on.

  • Gary
    June 24, 2013 - 14:17

    I expect the same MHAs that rode in on Danny's popular coat tails will be towed out on Kate's.

    • Don
      June 25, 2013 - 12:59

      Gary; I like that post. ABC.

  • goodbye pc's
    June 24, 2013 - 13:54

    it's too bad, if the current PC's had done things right, the people would be behind them, instead they've driven ordinary folks into povery & we're never going to recover. There's lots of high paying construction jobs here now, what will happen in a few years when all things are built? Muskrat Falls could have waited a while longer, they could have paid down our debt first, improved healthcare & post secondary education, we could have had it all, instead, young peole have to wait years before they can begin their training, access to medical care, in a lot of cases, is months away at best, working taxpayes are having to use foodbanks for the first time in their lives, unemployment is still over 20% & the list goes on. Our economy has grown too fast & usually when this happens it tends to fizzle just as fast.

  • phil e
    June 24, 2013 - 13:53

    What catchphrase will use this time? Election day is the only poll that counts? Snapshot in time? Tough decisions needed to be made? It is the public services fault? At least get some new lines Kathy! You need to work on your act...

  • Concerned
    June 24, 2013 - 13:48

    But Picky the main point, in my opinion, is that Her Electorate is not behind her and She Holds the key to Newfoundland and Labrador's natural resources and the development thereof. With Bill 29 in full force, we are all frightened to death of what our fate will be down the road with a Premier wielding so much power and the Secrecy Act protecting the information from funnelling out to the electorate of what is transpiring with those natural resources under the Premier's and her caucus's direction. We want transparency and who knows we, the electorate, might love what she is cooking up? Premier, Transparency Please!

  • Mark
    June 24, 2013 - 13:38

    The sad thing about Dunderdale is that she is not wrong about everything. The provincial government is wasting too much money, and we do need to tighten spending at some point. However, her approach is so high-handed, she treats the public like it is made of idiots, and this just turns people off from her (even when she is in the right). What she really needs is a good PR machine, learn when to keep her mouth shut, and maybe a little of that ol' Danny razzle dazzle!

  • Bob
    June 24, 2013 - 13:17

    Quit now Dunderdale and do the respectable thing.You're not wanted and we will show you just how much you aren't wanted in two years if you don't quit before. You are finished and will be remembered notoriously as Newfoundland and Labrador's worst ever Premier.

    • brianj
      June 24, 2013 - 20:59

      if a worst premier poll was solicited ,the winner would be a toss up between dunderdale and tobin

  • picky
    June 24, 2013 - 13:08

    But the main point is that her caucus is solidly behind her 100% !!!!

    • dan
      June 24, 2013 - 17:39

      They say that publicly but I can assure you, I know at least a couple who have lost faith in her and would like to have a leadership race. That being said, Kathy is in a very tough spot. With looming union contract negotiations getting ready to heat up, you can bet that her popularity will go even lower. Any lower and there is no way they will win the next election.

  • hslaw
    June 24, 2013 - 12:42

    I truly beleve if she started keeping her promises that they all made during their election right now she may have a saving grace

  • david
    June 24, 2013 - 12:31

    Kate has enjoyed the "Danny mourning" period. Now she has to take about 3X the pent-up venom and bile that should have been directed at His Majesty. Oh well, it was a good run for her, and a surreal, completely wasted lottery win for us.