Legault's Approval Rating Has Dropped To Doug Ford Levels

Legault's response to the crisis has made waves.
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Poll Shows Legault's Approval Slipping & He's Now At The Same Level As Doug Ford

Quebec residents are becoming less enthusiastic about their Premier's response to the situation in the province. A poll released Tuesday by Leger in partnership with the Association for Canadian Studies (ACS) and first published in The Canadian Press shows that "satisfaction with the measures put in place to fight COVID-19" by the Legault government has slipped from a whopping high of 95% on April 13 to 77%. That puts Legault on par with Ontario Premier Doug Ford, whose response to the crisis has earned 79% approval in his province.

Still, a large majority remains satisfied with Legault.

The poll does not hypothesize as to the reason for this decline in approval, but the Premier has seen mounting criticism in recent weeks as the province begins to gradually reopen.

In particular, the government has had to face tough questions about the ongoing outbreak in Montreal — a situation the Premier himself called "worrisome" on May 11.

Projections released Friday by the Institut national de santé publique (INSPQ) seemed to further undermine the government's plan to resume classes and reopen some retail establishments on May 25 in the Montreal metropolitan community.

In one scenario, the INSPQ shows the possibility of 150 deaths per day by July in the metropolitan area if distancing measures are relaxed.

But on several occasions, Legault has insisted that he would further delay the gradual reopening of Montreal if the situation does not improve.

"We will follow the results, we will not take any risks. And if the situation is not under control in Montreal, we will postpone the opening of shops, schools, daycare services. We all agree with that," he said Monday. 

"When we look at the INSPQ forecasts, we see that if there were deconfinement, there would be a major risk of an explosion of cases and hospitalizations" in Montreal, he explained.

"This is why we made the decision that businesses, schools, daycare services will not open in the Greater Montreal area before May 25." 

The Premier even admitted that "every day, including this morning, I asked Dr. Arruda: Do you think it would be a good idea to confine the Greater Montreal area?"

"For the moment," Legault said, the answer is "no."

Stay tuned for more news.

Thomas MacDonald
Senior Editor
Thomas MacDonald is a Senior Editor for MTL Blog focused on Montreal public transit and is based in Montreal, Quebec.
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