August 28, 2017 (Montréal, QC) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll finds Darian Durant, the former quarterback for the Saskatchewan Roughriders, is the most popular person in Saskatchewan – despite the fact he now plays for the Montréal Alouettes. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
“We asked Saskatchewanians what they thought about 22 individuals” said David Valentin, Executive Vice-President of Mainstreet Research. “Of the 22, 15 received net positive favourability ratings (favourable minus unfavourable) while 7 received net negative ratings.”
“58% of Saskatchewanians say they have a favourable view of both Darian Durant and comedian Brent Butt, however, 10% say they have a negative view of Butt while only 7% say the same for Durant. That means Durant has a net score of +51 while Butt has a net score of + 48. Current Roughriders quarterback, Kevin Glenn, scored a +35 to make the top 3.”
“The most popular politician in the province right now is Ralph Goodale with a net rating of +28 (4th place). He is joined in the top 5 by a Wall, but perhaps not the one you would expect. Musician, Colter Wall’s +23 puts him in fifth.”
“Some personalities are not well liked in the province. At the bottom of the list are Minister of Finance, Kevin Doherty (-5), Roughriders Coach Chris Jones (-7) and Saskatoon-University MP Brad Trost (-22).”
“Some names we tested are not very well known at all. 90% do not have a clear opinion (not sure plus not familiar) of FSIN Vice-Chief Kimberly Jones, 82% have little to say about Minister of Health Jim Reiter, followed by FSIN Chief Bobby Cameron (79%).”
“Saskatchewanians most seem to like former and current Roughrider players. It’s telling that only one politician made the top 5, and that rest of the make up is 2 Football players, a Comedian and a Musician,” finished Valentin.