Latest poll is no Christmas gift for Parti Quebecois

Le Devoir published a survey that shows Quebecers are far from satisfied with the current provincial administration.

62 % of the 1 002 respondents declare they are dissatisfied with the Parti quebecois (PQ) government, while only 40 % say they held a good opinion of Pauline Marois.

Adding insult to injury, the Quebec Liberals now lead in support across the province by 5 percentage points over the ruling party.

Political scientist Bruce Hicks believes the low approval ratings stem from the administration's failure to address current economic concerns.

"The economy itself hasn't been moving and that's what you see in the dissatisfaction numbers : people's unease about the economic situation."

The poll also paints a poor picture for support for sovereignty. With 51 % claiming they would vote against it if a referendum were held now, Hicks insists the economy remains the most pressing issue.

"People aren't going to take a risk on independence if they're not sure where their next paycheck is coming from."

Furthermore, the survey reveals the PQ's charter of values remains a very divisive topic, with 45 % of respondents both for and against the controversial project.

Though neither side of the debate can claim a victory just yet, the political scientist believes support for the charter is waning.

"[The numbers are] certainly down from when they first leaked the idea of the charter and introduced it. What we've seen is an erosion of support for."

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  1. bahus posted on 12/08/2013 01:59 AM
    A Christmas gift for Parti Quebecois, are you kidding me ? It's against their charter ! Send them an annual review instead, and fire all of them for not meeting our expectations. Effective immediately !
  2. Joe posted on 12/08/2013 08:38 AM
    News that was expected seeing as they have done absolutely nothing for the economy of the province ever since they came to power, now they are being raked over the coals. Maybe they will give us a Christmas gift and call an election so we can toss they're sorry asses to the curb.
  3. jonico posted on 12/08/2013 12:01 PM
    Guess her people aren't as stupid as she thought they were. All she had to do when she gained power was do the right thing & concentrate on making Quebec a profitable province instead of dividing her servants. She only has herself & dumb party to blame. The Queen will soon be gone.
  4. Alison Piper posted on 12/09/2013 10:54 AM
    She has no judgement skills and no scruples. A bad combination, no doubt. But we will see the last of her and her sorry band of ministers soon enough.
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