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Selinger's popularity third highest of premiers

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Manitoba premier Greg Selinger received an approval rating of 38 per cent in a recent Angus Reid public opinion poll reflecting satisfaction with the performances of nine provincial premiers across the country.

The poll was conducted from March 11 to 23, 2013 as an online survey of 7,091 adults across the country.

Selinger's rating was the third highest, but was a drop from 46 per cent in the last survey conducted in December, 2012.

Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall was found to be the most popular provincial head of government in Canada as he garnered an approval rating of 64 per cent.

Next was David Alward of New Brunswick whose standing increased from the previous poll in December by six points to 41 per cent, while Ontario's Kathleen Wynne received a rating of 36 per cent.

Quebec’s Pauline Marois saw her numbers drop by eight points to 33 per cent, while only 30 per cent of people surveyed in Nova Scotia approved of the performance of Darrell Dexter.

The poll showed drastic drops in Alberta and Newfoundland and Labrador compared to the last poll. Alberta's Alison Redford plummeted by 18 points, from 47 to 29 per cent. In British Columbia and Newfoundland and Labrador, Christy Clark and Kathy Dunderdale, respectively, each received approval ratings of 25 per cent.

In the area of opposition parties, Manitoba’s Progressive Conservative leader Brian Pallister held a higher rating (45 per cent) than Liberal leader Jon Gerrard (31 per cent).

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