Zero Per Cent of Manitobans Say They Are ‘Very Satisfied’ With Brian Pallister’s Handling of COVID-19 Pandemic, Poll Finds
Four-in-five Manitobans say they are overall ‘dissatisfied’ with Pallister
Has Brian Pallister finally hit rock bottom?
A string of polls throughout the last six months from have consistently ranked Manitoba’s premier among the least popular in Canada.
Most recently, a whopping 81% of Manitobans said they were overall “dissatisfied” with Pallister’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, leaving only 19% “somewhat satisfied,” according to a Leger poll released last week.
Even more noteworthy is the lack of enthusiasm for Pallister, the only Canadian premier for whom 0% of respondents indicated they were “very satisfied” with his COVID-19 measures, ranking even further below Ontario’s Doug Ford (6%) and Alberta’s Jason Kenney (8%).
Manitoba was the worst COVID hotspot in North America in May. Manitoba’s rate of COVID-19 infections was triple the national average and the highest per capita in North America, leading the New York Times to take note of Pallister’s handling of the emergency:
“Perhaps more than other premiers that we’ve had in this province and other premiers in other provinces, the premier is the decider,” Agnes Welch, a principal at Probe Research, told the New York Times. “The common wisdom now is that he is very much a one-man show.”
Bad polling piling up for Pallister and the Manitoba PCs. Pallister was Canada’s second most unpopular premier in March and June with 36% and 33% approval, according to Angus Reid, alongside Ford and Kenney.
Two thirds of Manitobans strongly disapproved of Pallister’s leadership in April, according to a Probe Research poll – including one third of respondents who had previously voted for Pallister’s PCs.
Will Pallister seek another term? Pallister’s unpopularity has already led him to hint he may not seek a third term, but will see the COVID-19 pandemic through. According to these polls, Manitobans may want him gone much sooner.
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