Nfld. & Labrador

Paul Davis approval rating among lowest in country

The latest Angus Reid survey puts Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis near the back of the pack among Canadian premiers in the category of job approval.
According to an online survey by Angus Reid, the approval rating for Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis is near the bottom when compared to other Canadian premiers. (CBC)

The latest Angus Reid survey puts Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Paul Davis near the back of the pack among Canadian premiers in the category of job approval.

Roughly one-third, or 34 per cent, of respondents approve of Davis' performance since he became the province's 12th premier in late September.

That ties him with British Columbia Premier Christy Clarke, and puts him well below his predecessor, Tom Marshall, who had an approval rating of 52 per cent in early September.

Only one other premier, Manitoba's Greg Selinger at 17 per cent, polled worse than Davis and Clark.

The online survey of 6,500 Canadians took place between Dec. 4-13.

The survey has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

The poll results come on the heels of more byelection losses for the governing Progressive Conservatives in Trinity-Bay de Verde and Humber East with the Opposition Liberals now winning seven consecutive byelections since 2013.

A provincial election will take place sometime in 2015.

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