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Kenney's approval rating suffers another blow says new poll

Last Updated Aug 31, 2020 at 8:22 am MDT

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says time is of the essence as he takes demands for more help for Alberta businesses to the first ministers meeting in Ottawa this week. Kenney is shown in this Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 file photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

EDMONTON (660 NEWS) – It’s more bad news for Premier Jason Kenney on the polling front as his approval rating has taken another hit.

According to the latest Premiers performance poll by Angus Reid, Kenney’s approval has hit 42 per cent, the lowest since taking office.

The survey pointed to Alberta’s historic deficit and the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic as reasons for the decline.

Kenney’s approval is the second-lowest in the country right now, with Newfoundland’s Andrew Fury at 31 per cent, despite only being in office for a couple weeks.

B.C. Premier John Horgan and Ontario’s Doug Ford lead the pack with approval ratings of 69 and 66 per cent respectively.

The poll suggests Horgan’s approach to younger audiences, using celebrities to encourage COVID-19 measures among young people is a big reason for the rise in popularity, along with the province’s low hospitalization rate.

There’s also speculation B.C. voters could be heading to the polls for an election in the fall.

Meanwhile, Ford’s praise of how Ontario residents have helped mitigate the virus has led to more praise for Ford himself.

Kenney’s approval has dropped 19 per cent since hitting a high of 61 per cent in June 2019.