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University of Alberta political scientist Jared Wesley. Image credit: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | When the electorate is sharply polarized, sometimes a party has to pick a lane. It can't just conclude that if everyone is complaining it must be doing something right.
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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney at a press briefing on May 7, 2020. Image: Chris Schwarz/Government of Alberta/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Kenney has an approval rating of 44 per cent, and a disapproval rating of 48 per cent, the only premier in a recent poll with a higher disapproval rating than approval rating.
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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, a few weeks before the October 2017 municipal election he won handily (Photo: David J. Climenhaga).
David J. Climenhaga | Panel members looking at polling during the 2017 Calgary municipal election also rapped the knuckles of Mainstreet Research, the company working with the Postmedia newspaper chain.
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David J. Climenhaga | In 2017, the pollster that published optimistic results for the UCP yesterday admitted to "a catastrophic polling failure" in its coverage of the Calgary civic election.
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Alberta Pollster Janet Brown (Photo: David J. Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | Carleton University Journalism Professor Paul Adams, one of the three high-profile inquiry members, said this morning the surprise announcement leaves the panel "in a bit of a quandary."
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Rick Salutin | The only reason for panic is our retrograde, undemocratic electoral system. It would give Doug over 70 per cent of seats with his 40 per cent of the vote.
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Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, apparently as puzzled by the results of some polls last fall as many other Calgarians were. (Photo: David Climenhaga)
David J. Climenhaga | The Marketing Research and Intelligence Association said in October it was concerned the results of various polls had "shaken confidence in our industry."
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Rachel Notley in 2015
David J. Climenhaga | As low in the polls, relatively speaking, as the NDP may be right now, aspiring UCP leader Jason Kenney may turn out to be Premier Rachel Notley's most formidable advantage.
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Alison Redford (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | Conservatives motor to easy by-election wins in Calgary; third inquiry clears Alison Redford; Brad hits the Wall; and Kenney fink-call plan keeps falling flat.
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Wildrose Party Leader Brian Jean (David Climenhaga photo)
David J. Climenhaga | If Wildrose Leader Brian Jean fights for the leadership of a combined right-wing party in Alberta with Jason Kenney, could he win?
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Image via Tyler McCreary/rabble.ca
David J. Climenhaga | Count on it that all parties in Alberta, for once, will be watching the election results next door in British Columbia on May 9 with intense interest.
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Photo: Sergei ~ 5of7/flickr
David J. Climenhaga | Coming eventually to a political theatre near you: the Wildrose plan to unite the right under Brian Jean.