Poll show popularity of Ontario Premier Doug Ford on the rise, but most still disapprove


Published March 18, 2022 at 9:57 am

Months before an expected Ontario election, Conservative Premier Doug Ford is showing a spike in his popularity.

According to a new Angus Reid poll, Ford’s approval rating in March jumped 13 percent from the previous reporting period in January.

Ford’s overall approval rating now stands at 43 percent, a level he hasn’t achieved since 2020 when the pandemic began.

Still, the poll shows that more than half of Ontarians disapprove of Ford (55 percent), including more than one-third (36 percent), who strongly disapprove of the job he is doing as premier.

“Ford’s approval bump comes as the province is set to end the mask mandate in most situations on March 21, three weeks after removing its vaccine passport system,” according to the poll report. “More Ontarians believe Ford has handled the pandemic poorly overall the last two years than done well.”

Ford’s handling of last month’s Ottawa occupation was also widely criticized and more people he made the situation worse than better, according to Angus Reid.


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