B.C. Premier Christy Clark has lowest approval rating in Canada ahead of May election

·Politics Reporter

The Vancouver Province interviewed B.C. Liberal campaign manager Mike McDonald over the weekend: MacDonald, the newspaper noted, is "upbeat" and "confident" about their chances in the May 14th election.

I want to know what kind of Kool aid McDonald is drinking because there's not a lot of good news recently about the Christy Clark government.

On Monday, Angus Reid released a report suggesting that Clark has the lowest approval rating of all the premiers in the country — tied with Newfoundland and Labrador's Katy Dunderdale — at 25 per cent. That's down six percentage points from December 2012.

Couple that with her Liberal Party's 20 per cent deficit in the opinion polls, Clark's prospects of remaining as premier seem bleak.

Angus Reid's Mario Canseco says the biggest danger for Clark is that almost half of British Columbian voters see opposition leader Adrian Dix in a positive light.

"The Clark numbers may be particularly bad this time around because we were in field at the height of the ethnic vote uproar," he told Yahoo! Canada News.

"The main thing the BC Liberals need to focus on for the next few weeks is making sure that their retention rate becomes higher. They are losing about 18 per cent of their 2009 voters to the NDP, and unless they get those voters back, it will be very difficult to win the election."

[ Related: Can B.C. Premier Christy Clark win the next election? ]

At the other end of the Angus Reid survey is Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall maintains his position as Canada's most popular premier: He has an approval rating of 64 per cent and is followed by New Brunswick's David Alward (41 per cent), Manitoba's Greg Selinger (38 per cent) and Ontario's Kathleen Wynne (36 per cent).

The pollster also asked respondents if they approve of the performance of their province's opposition leaders.

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Newfoundland and Labrador's Lorraine Michael and Alberta's Danielle Smith topped that list with approval ratings of 61 per cent and 53 per cent respectively.

The online survey of 7,091 Canadian adults was conducted between March 11 and March 23 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 1.2 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

Prince Edward Island was not included in the poll.

*Approval Ratings by province:

Q: Do you approve or disapprove of the performance of the following people?

British Columbia: Premier Christy Clark (25 per cent); NDP leader Adrian Dix (49 per cent)

Alberta: Premier Allison Redford (29 per cent); Wildrose Party leader Danielle Smith (53 per cent)

Saskatchewan: Premier: Brad Wall (64 per cent); NDP leader Cam Broten (32 per cent)

Manitoba: Premier: Greg Selinger (38 per cent); Conservative Party leader Brian Pallister (45 per cent)

Ontario: Premier: Kathleen Wynne (36 per cent); NDP leader Andrea Horwath (49 per cent)

Quebec: Premier Pauline Marois (33 per cent); Liberal Party Interim Leader Jean Marc Fournier (35 per cent)

New Brunswick: Premier David Alward (41 per cent); Liberal leader Brian Gallant (41per cent)

Nova Scotia: Premier Darrell Dexter (30 per cent); Liberal leader Stephen McNeil (48 per cent)

Newfoundland and Labrador: Premier Kathy Dunderdale (25 per cent); NDP leader Lorraine Michael (61 per cent).

*Note: The 'opposition leader' featured is the one with the highest approval rating of all opposition parties registered in the province.

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