07/02/2015 02:18 EDT | Updated 07/02/2015 02:59 EDT

Poll Shows Alberta NDP, Rachel Notley Slip In Approval

She's had to make some tough decisions since being elected.


Alberta's love for Rachel Notley and the NDP may already be sliding, a new poll suggests.

The poll, conducted by Mainstreet/Postmedia, asked 3,007 Albertans if an election were held immediately how would they cast their vote.

Thirty-three per cent of the province, if they could, would now cast a vote for the Wildrose, while 26 per cent say they would vote NDP.

“If an election were held today, a few short months after the election of the NDP and Premier Notley, more Albertans would vote for the Opposition Wildrose led by Brian Jean than any other party,” said Quito Maggi, president of Mainstreet, in a release.

The Progressive Conservatives sit in third place, with 20 per cent.

According to the poll, Notley's approval rating has dropped 12 per cent since Mainstreet's last poll conducted in late May, but her 50 per cent approval rating still remains higher than Wildrose Leader Brian Jean's 45 per cent, the Alberta Party Greg Clark's 36 per cent, Liberal Party Leader David Swann's 34 per cent, and the PC Party Ric McIver's 25 per cent.

Maggi told the Calgary Herald that despite her lower approval rating, Notley is still posting a "very solid, solid number" compared to approval ratings for other provincial leaders.

An Angus Reid poll taken late last month showed Notley with an approval rating of 53 per cent — numbers strong enough to make her the second most popular premier in the country behind Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall at 61 per cent.

Mainstreet Executive Vice President David Valentin told 660 News some recent hard choices may be to blame for the NPD's overall dip in approval.

“You know, they are making a lot of tough decisions right now, which may not be a bad thing, you may want to get all of these things out of the way now, and then, have a much calmer three years after that,” he said.


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