Doug Ford’s government is doing a ‘poor job’: survey | Daily News Byte

Doug Ford’s government is doing a ‘poor job’: survey

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It’s been six months since Doug Ford was re-elected premier of Ontario, and according to a new survey his government is getting a “frosty” reception on most issues.

The data, released by the Angus Reid Institute on Thursday, suggests Ontarians believe the Ford government has performed poorly on all key issues, except its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic.

About 81 percent of respondents said the Ford government is doing a “poor job” on health care, while 78 percent said the same on the cost of living.

The survey suggests that about 80 per cent of Ontarians believe the Progressive Conservatives are doing a poor job on housing affordability—a file the government has prioritized since they were re-elected.

“The only issue on which the government receives more praise than condemnation is its continued handling of the COVID-19 pandemic, selected as a top priority for only eight per cent of Ontarians,” the survey said.

About 49 percent of respondents said the government did well in its response to the pandemic, while 46 percent said they did poorly. Four percent said they weren’t sure.

An Angus Reid survey shows how Ontarians believe the Doug Ford government is handling a number of issues.

The survey comes as Ford’s approval rating continues to decline. A separate Angus Reid survey released on December 7 suggested that Ford’s approval rating was at around 34 per cent, making him one of the lowest-ranking premiers in the country.

It also represents a drop of 11 points since the June election.

The rankings were calculated on the heels of a contentious few months involving negotiations with education workers and the government’s use of the notwithstanding clause.

According to the latest data, Ontarians mainly blame Ford and Education Minister Stephen Lecce for the misunderstanding.

About 45 percent of respondents said Ford was to blame, while about 41 percent put the blame on Lecce.

ONTARIANS STILL GET TO ELECT FORD

Despite all this, the survey suggests little has changed in terms of Ontarians’ voting intentions.

If an election were held today, about 37 percent of respondents said they would support the Progressive Conservatives, while 27 percent would vote for another New Democratic Party and 25 percent would throw their support to the Liberals.

“All three numbers are statistically identical to those seen before the June election, when Ford won a majority government with 41 percent of the vote.” The online survey of 1,058 was conducted between Nov. 28 and Dec. 3, and has a margin of error of +/-3 percentage points 19 times out of 20.

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