September 5, 2017 (Ottawa, ON) – A new Mainstreet/Postmedia poll find Connor McDavid is the most liked personality in the province out of a list of 18 politicians and athletes. The Mainstreet/Postmedia poll has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percentage points, 19 times out of 20.
“We asked 1,000 Albertans what they thought about 18 individuals” said Quito Maggi, President of Mainstreet Research (@MainStResearch). “Of the 18, half received net positive favourability ratings (favourable minus unfavourable) while the other half received net negative ratings.”
“48% of Albertans say they have a favourable view of both Connor McDavid and Brian Jean, however, 9% say they have a negative view of McDavid while 19% say the same for Jean. That means McDavid has a net score of +39 while Jean has a net score of + 29. Flames Player, Johnny Gaudreau, has a net score of +33, so the top three in the province are McDavid, Gaudreau and Jean.”
“Rounding out the top 5 are two CFL players, Bo Levi Mitchell makes fourth place with a +27. while Mike Reilly makes fifth with a net score of +15.”
“There is a clear partisan divide in the province as almost all Conservative politicians scored net positive ratings and every NDP politician scored a net negative rating. The one exception to this rule is MLA Derek Fildebrandt who scored a -18, putting him below several NDP cabinet ministers.”
“The one Albertan few can identify is interim United Conservative Party Leader Nathan Cooper. 85% of Albertans either did not know who he was or did not have a clear opinion about him.”
“Finally, when we look at how mayors performed on the list it is truly a tale of two cities. Don Iveson scored well in Edmonton though he is not well known in the province, his positive score bodes well for re-election. Meanwhile, Calgary mayor Naheed Nenshi is actually more popular in Edmonton than he is in Calgary and registered a -15 in his home city. It’s important to note that favourability is not the same as approval or voting intention,” finished Maggi.