See! Didn’t I say that she would get the wrath now?
Amid the unrest in Ontario schools and the controversial sell-off of Hydro One, Premier Kathleen Wynne’s personal approval rating has fallen to new lows, according to an exclusive new poll.
Just 21 per cent of respondents approve of Wynne’s job performance, according to a Forum Research survey of 1,158 Ontarians from November 2 to 4. That’s exactly the same former Premier Dalton McGuinty’s approval rating in the last Forum poll before he resigned amid the stench of the gas plant scandal. And her “net approval” — the number of people who think she’s doing a good job less those who outright disapprove — is “truly abysmal” at negative 47.
“It’s really low. This is a new low for her. She was at 26 per cent back in May,” Forum Research President Lorne Bozinoff said. “I think it’s two things: the Hydro One sale and the teachers problems and the fact the teachers stuff has been dragging for months.”
Though a central deal with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario (ETFO) was announced this week, all unions continue to bargain local deals with school boards and uncertainty remains in many parts of the province, where teachers are threatening more job action. That, combined with the concerns about plans to sell 60 per cent of Hydro One and a bit of lingering unrest over the new sex ed curriculum, have eroded Wynne’s support.