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Premier Greg Selinger’s popularity continues to lag when compared to other provincial leaders, according to a new report from Angus Reid Global released today.

The poll, which measures premier’s approval rating in nine separate Canadian provinces, gives the Manitoba premier a 28 per cent performance approval rating for the month of March. Though Selinger’s approval holds steady from the last poll taken in December 2013, his current standing counts as the second lowest overall and lowest among the three active Western Canada premiers.

Former Alberta Premier Alison Redford received the lowest vote of confidence from constituents, pulling in a 23 per cent approval. Redford resigned from office Mar. 19.

The poll also shows that 62 per cent of Manitobans disapprove of Selinger’s performance over the latest polling period, with 10 per cent not sure.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall tops the approval list at 66 per cent, with Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil (59 per cent) and Newfoundland and Labrador’s Tom Marshall (49 per cent) rounding out the top three.

Other premiers in the poll include B.C’s Christy Clark (38 per cent), Ontario’s Kathleen Wynne (36 per cent), Quebec’s Pauline Marois (36 per cent) and New Brunswick’s David Alward (28 percent).

Quebec is in the final stages of a provincial election campaign. That vote takes place Monday.

In early March, Angus Reid Global randomly selected 6,445 Canadian adults who are Angus Reid panelists to participate in the online survey. The margin of error, which measures sampling variability, is +/- 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

 

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