How the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting Doug Ford’s approval rating as he prepares for a provincial election

Less than half of Ontarians approve of their premier's response to Omicron, a new poll suggests

Months ahead of his re-election campaign, less than half of Ontarians surveyed (46 per cent) approve of Doug Ford’s response to Omicron, according to a new Ipsos poll.

Ford’s approval rating is now six points below his rating on a previous Ipsos poll December 2020.

“The main issue for the premier throughout the course of the pandemic is schools,” said Sean Simpson, senior vice-president of Ipsos Public Affairs. “Some of the actions that they were taking like the air filtration system seemed to be too late.”


The latest Ipsos poll, conducted on behalf of Global News, also suggests 43 per cent of Ontarians feel the provincial response to the highly transmissible Omicron variant of COVID-19 is insufficient or “too little.”

The results were released four months before Ontario’s next provincial election day.

These are some of the findings of an Ipsos poll conducted between Jan. 14 and 17, 2022. For this survey, a sample of 1,001 Canadians aged 18+ was interviewed online. The poll is considered accurate to within ± 3.5 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.

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Posted: Jan 23 2022 1:37 pm
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