Amidst reports of a possible cabinet shuffle, another new survey shows Doug Ford’s approval rating is among the lowest of premiers across the country.
The DART survey, which was exclusively provided to CityNews, asked Canadians “Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of your premier?”
At 29 per cent approval, Ford landed in the second to last spot — only beating Nova Scotia’s Stephen McNeil.
Last year at this time, Ford’s approval was hovering around 40 per cent. This recent number is a five per cent drop since March.
DART says those polled expressed criticism of the premier over cuts to health care, education and social services. As well, Ford’s decision to upload the TTC’s subway system is being seen more as “settling scores” than what’s best for the province.
Even Ford’s plan to bring beer to corner stores wasn’t sitting well with those surveyed.
Between the buck-a-beer plan, legislation to legalize tailgate parties, and the declaration to scrap the Beer Store agreement — seemingly without regard to cost — has led to a “beer obsessed” label, the survey found.
The survey found Ford still polled highest among men, Ontarians over the age of 55 and those with a high school diploma or less.
This isn’t the first time the numbers have shown the premier has been losing favour since he was elected last year. Seven surveys in the last month have shown Ford’s numbers have been slipping.
The Toronto Star reports that this cabinet shuffle will be Ford’s attempt at resetting his administration as well as releasing tensions in his office.
The survey was conducted among 5,215 randomly selected Canadian adults who are members of MARU/Blue’s Online panel between May 31 and June 6, 2019. The poll is accurate to within plus or minus 1.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
For a complete look at the poll results, click here.
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