REPORTING · 13th September 2010
The latest poll numbers released last week on the state of approval for the BC Liberals and specifically the leadership of Gordon Campbell reveal startling facts. Mario Canseco Vice President, Public Affairs from Angus Reid responded to our questions on how low is low and how does Campbell stack up against other world leaders?
"The lowest approval rating for George W. Bush in the U.S. was 29% in his second term. The lowest rating for Nixon was 21%, a couple of weeks before he left office. Usually, in the U.S., that is as low as it gets, as you always have a high proportion of partisan respondents; people identify as either Republicans or Democrats." wrote Canseco, " The problem with Campbell is that he has lost about half of the voters that supported the BC Liberals in the 2009 election."
"We’ve been following public opinion worldwide for the past seven years, and no national head of government has had such a low approval rating. In Canada, Campbell is below Ed Stelmach in Alberta (17%) and Jean Charest in Quebec (18%)."
Gordon Campbell is recorded in this poll as having an approval rating of 12%. The members of the party are participating in a leadership approval vote process over the next few weeks. This vote will determine if Campbell still has the support of his party members and if they wish him to continue to lead the party.