January 11, 2017

Calgary Mayor’s sinking approval ratings open the door to serious challenger

Holly NicholasRebel Commentator

Calgary’s Mayor Nenshi is one of those politicians that people in the city like, which is why he wins elections. He hasn’t ever had to face any real competition and his big smile and political snark seem to have won Calgarians over in previous years, but his approval ratings are way down. 

When he was first elected into office, he enjoyed a whopping 90% at times, but now they’re holding steady at 57% since June of 2015, his lowest rates ever according to a Mainstreet/Postmedia poll completed in November of 2016.

According to the same poll, a total of 17% of citizens are concerned about taxation and another 15% are concerned about city spending. Those were the top two issues people were worried about, so it comes as no surprise that more and more are becoming dissatisfied with the city’s mayor.

A big personality just doesn’t cut it when people are truly struggling to balance bills and there are no jobs in sight.

No real contender has stepped up to the plate in previous elections because it was thought that Nenshi could ever be beat, but this is the perfect opportunity for a serious challenger to step up.

Although 57% approval is still decent, now is the time that minds can be changed by someone that is truly fiscally responsible - someone who has their hand out to give the city a hand up in hard times, rather than having a hand out for your money at every turn.

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commented 2017-03-31 18:58:59 -0400
Nenshi’s approval, in this poll, was at 56%. As pointed out elsewhere, that’s basically where he’s been for years. (the January result of 65% was probably an outlier).

He is in no danger at all.
commented 2017-01-13 02:39:34 -0500
Here is a really well put together article by Rick Bell of the Calgary Sun about how Michelle Rempel is ripping several strips off of Nenshi. People are encouraging her to get into the race and push Nenshi out. I believe she could do it too. She’s got guts and smarts big time and has Albertan’s interests at heart unlike smurf Nenshi. She is making him sweat a little, knocking him off his pedestal and down a few pegs. He is way too full of himself, and it’s time his reign came to an end. People are tiring of the jester.

commented 2017-01-12 12:49:23 -0500
Nenshi is a muslim, isn’t he? Muslims only have the best interests of muslims on their mind. What the hell is wrong with the people of Calgary?
commented 2017-01-12 10:39:01 -0500
If the twins keep up the photo ops, I think his ratings will decline even further. People here is Calgary, can’t stand Trudeau.
commented 2017-01-12 02:36:07 -0500
Better late than never, but “the chickens are coming home to roost” it seems… And to drop a few yolks on chubby chicken Nenshi’s head…
commented 2017-01-12 01:49:40 -0500
So he can claim Islamophobia and homophobia at the same time for his falling numbers.
commented 2017-01-12 00:25:36 -0500
Calgary and Alberta have been hoping for another Ralph Klein – When you look at Notley And Nenshi they realize how bad things are.
commented 2017-01-11 19:25:28 -0500
A little history lesson, lack of serious contenders was a problem in the last election, but the fact is that Nenshi would not have won his first election if it had not been for the vote-split caused by the presence of an un-serious candidate who’s “qualifications” could be compared in many ways to those of Prime Minister Selfie.
Otherwise Ric McIver would certainly be heading into his third term as Mayor later this year.
Nenshi’s popularity is nothing more than an urban myth.
commented 2017-01-11 18:51:28 -0500
Right on Canadian Mongrel.
commented 2017-01-11 18:50:28 -0500
Speaking of pigs at the trough, why are Mayors so irresponsible? What city doesn’t have a spend and spend more mayor? They almost all suck. You think people would get sick of it. Someone with the fiscal smarts of Rob Ford would go a long way to helping Calgary out. If Nenshi is having trouble covering costs I have a suggestion for him. Make some cuts. Another problem is that not enough people vote municipally. I hazard to guess that if everyone fed up in Calgary with Nenshi went out and voted they could get him out. That is, if someone appropriate would stand up and run against him.
commented 2017-01-11 18:49:10 -0500
My old man’s words of wisdom were to never trust someone who smiles too much.

Of course, I now have to continue my broken record. 2017 is midterm election year in Alberta. Municipal elections are the one time plebs like us can run for municipal council or school board. Failing that, to be an influential volunteer in a campaign. Get involved if you are serious about change in Alberta. Imagine Notley facing a loyal opposition, Council of Alberta Municipalities, and Alberta School Trustees Ass’n; all against her. Get busy Alberta Rebelators, October is only 9 months away.
commented 2017-01-11 18:36:59 -0500
Nenshi doesn’t come close to Ralph Klein in popularity. I don’t know anyone that voted for him, in either election. I think the lazy electorate will be stirring from their slumber for this municipal election, because our property tax bills last year, were a slap in the face to Calgarians. And this year Nenshi plans on slapping small business again. He’s also pushing Notley to give Calgary and Edmonton more ways to squeeze the people for taxes, in his charter. And you just know that wench will do anything to ruin AB, and especially Calgary. I hope that Dave Rutherford or Jason Kenney will run that Harvard trained socialist seal out of office.
commented 2017-01-11 18:18:11 -0500
Another lefty politician about to get turfed?
commented 2017-01-11 18:03:56 -0500
Sure took a long time to undue Klein’s Calgary. Well done Ralph. Sad to see the province fail so fast.
commented 2017-01-11 18:03:19 -0500
This Guy needs to sink all the way, only to rise when he becomes bloated.
commented 2017-01-11 17:50:54 -0500
I don’t believe his approval rating was ever that high. I’ve never voted for him and never will. I hope he’s gone in October. He made the mistake of throwing our money to the wind, too many times. He’s wasteful and has a big mouth, that he should learn to keep shut. I’m praying that we get someone who should be in public office for the people, not for themselves!