Tory party rallies behind Dunderdale despite low public support
The provincial Progressive Conservatives are rallying around their leader in light of a recent poll which places the party and the premier at the bottom of the pack.
According to the latest Corporate Research Associates poll, Premier Kathy Dunderdale's personal popularity is almost tied for dead last with interim Liberal leader Eddie Joyce.
Joyce only took on the position in mid-July after then interim leader Dwight Ball stepped down to run for the permanent leadership of the party.
About 22 per cent of voters said they support the province's premier.
NDP leader Lorraine Michael is more than 10 percentage points ahead at 35 per cent.
Regardless of the party just having 26 per cent voter support, Kilbride MHA John Dinn said it's a political reality they have to accept.
Dinn said he thinks Dunderdale deserves to be more popular.
"I think she's doing a good job. She's not being accepted by the people, you wonder why she's not," Dinn said.
"People are speaking. I guess we need to learn from this and see what we can do to change things around."
St. John's west MHA Dan Crummell has a similar take.
"I think she's getting a bit of a raw deal right now in certain quarters, but I'm proud of our premier and she's going to hold us true in 2015," Crummell said.
"We've got a lot of things to be proud of as a government and, you know, we're mid-term and we have two years to go."
The Liberal party was voted as political favorites in the CRA poll.
The poll was conducted between Aug. 8 and Aug. 31, and involved 400 adults. The margin of error is 4.9 per cent, 19 times out of 20.
With files from Glenn Deir