McNeil scores high approval rating in latest Angus Reid poll (2 photos)

By Meghan Groff

As the clock ticks down on Stephen McNeil's time as premier, he's enjoying approval ratings he hasn't seen since shortly after being elected to the job.

According to a quarterly poll from Angus Reid, 62 per cent of Nova Scotians approve of the job McNeil is doing.

Our premier has seen a big jump in his rating since the start of the pandemic. 

Back in February, his approval sat at just 28 per cent. Three months later, it shot up to 63 per cent. It then dropped 12 points to 51 per cent in August before rebounding in the latest survey.

McNeil's support scored in the high 50s in the first two polls following his election in the fall of 2013. His highest rating came in June of 2014, when it was 66 per cent. Last June, it hit the lowest point, with just 16 per cent of Nova Scotians approving of his performance.

In August, McNeil announced he would be stepping away from politics. Nova Scotia's next premier will be elected on Feb. 6, with Randy Delorey, Labi Kousoulis and Iain Rankin all vying for the job.

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