Nearly 60 percent reject Premier Moe’s handling of COVID-19 according to a new poll

Opinion on Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic has reached a new low, according to an online survey.

About 59 percent of those surveyed by Angus Reid Institute found that Moe was doing a poor job of dealing with the pandemic, according to the organization’s first prime minister’s 2022 approval poll.

That compares with 32 percent of people who did not approve of Moe’s handling of the pandemic in July last year.

The latest results, which show that 37 percent thought the prime minister did a good job of dealing with the pandemic, were released on Monday.

Pandemic reaction

The bounce rate of nearly 60 percent is the highest since the poll began tracking the pandemic response.

While Moe’s pandemic response has declined, his overall approval rating rose to 45 percent, up from 43 pct. in October, which was the first time it fell to below 50 percent since March 2018.

In October, Moe’s approval fell by 18 percentage points, the sharpest drop of all prime ministers.

The latest results have Moe in fifth place among nine premieres. Manitoba’s new Premier Heather Stefanson was last with 21 percent. Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston received the highest rating with 57 per cent.

The last two studies from the Angus Reid Institute have resulted in Premier Scott Moe’s lowest approval ratings. (Source: Angus Reid Institute)

Respondents were much more satisfied with the government’s overall response, specifically related to its vaccine distribution, with 81 percent of respondents saying the rollout was positive.

About 73 percent of respondents thought the Saskatchewan government did a good job of distributing rapid tests.

The survey was conducted online between January 7 and 12 and consisted of a random sample of 474 Saskatchewan residents who are members of the Angus Reid Forum.

The margin of error for the Saskatchewan sub-sample size of 474 is +/- 4.5 percentage points.

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