Léger poll: the barometer of the most popular ministers of the CAQ

Every week, The newspaper, in collaboration with the firm Léger, unveils a probe shot on a variety of subjects that affect you from near or far. Our barometer thus measures what makes you vibrate or frown as a Quebecker, young and old, francophone, anglophone or allophone, in Montreal or in the region.

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Do you have a rather good opinion, a bad opinion, or you do not know the following personalities?

Christian Dubé


  • Good opinion: 61 %
  • Bad opinion: 20 %

Genevieve Guilbault


  • Good opinion: 56 %
  • Bad opinion: 14 %
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Ian Lafrenière


  • Good opinion: 44 %
  • Bad opinion: 14 %

Danielle McCann


  • Good opinion: 41 %
  • Bad opinion: 25 %

Sonia LeBel


  • Good opinion: 40 %
  • Bad opinion: 11 %

Pierre Fitzgibbon

  • Good opinion: 39 %
  • Bad opinion: 25 %

Simon Jolin-Barrette

  • Good opinion: 39 %
  • Bad opinion: 26 %

Marguerite Blais

  • Good opinion: 38 %
  • Bad opinion: 34 %

Isabelle Charest

  • Good opinion: 36 %
  • Bad opinion: 16 %

Eric Girard

  • Good opinion: 35 %
  • Bad opinion: 11 %

Francois Bonnardel

  • Good opinion: 34 %
  • Bad opinion: 20 %

Jean-Francois Roberge

  • Good opinion: 34 %
  • Bad opinion: 38 %

Jean Boulet

  • Good opinion: 31 %
  • Bad opinion: 12 %

Nathalie Roy

  • Good opinion: 31 %
  • Bad opinion: 15 %

Caroline Proulx

  • Good opinion: 30 %
  • Bad opinion: 13 %

Lionel Carmant

  • Good opinion: 30 %
  • Bad opinion: 14 %

Eric Cairo

  • Good opinion: 29 %
  • Bad opinion: 15 %

Benoit Charette

  • Good opinion: 27 %
  • Bad opinion: 16 %

Mathieu Lacombe

  • Good opinion: 22 %
  • Bad opinion: 13 %

André Lamontagne

  • Good opinion: 18 %
  • Bad opinion: 10 %

Andree Laforest

  • Good opinion: 16 %
  • Bad opinion: 12 %

Chantal Rouleau

  • Good opinion: 16 %
  • Bad opinion: 13 %

Nadine Girault

  • Good opinion: 14 %
  • Bad opinion: 12 %

Jonatan julien

  • Good opinion: 12 %
  • Bad opinion: 10 %

Pierre Dufour

  • Good opinion: 12 %
  • Bad opinion: 11 %

Lucie Lecours

  • Good opinion: 9 %
  • Bad opinion: 10 %

Methodology

A web survey was conducted from October 1 to 3, 2021 among 1,004 Quebecers, aged 18 or over and able to speak French or English. Using data from Statistics Canada, the results were weighted according to sex, age, mother tongue, region, level of education as well as the presence of children in the household in order to determine the representative sample of the entire study population. By way of comparison, the maximum margin of error for a sample of 1,004 respondents is + or – 3.1%, 19 times out of 20.

  • Philippe Leger, The Journal of Montreal

The observation

There are four runners-up at the CAQ: Christian Dubé, Geneviève Guilbault, Ian Lafrenière and Sonia LeBel. Dubé turned the success of the vaccine campaign into political benefit.
Guilbaut has a natural authority, appreciated outside of Montreal. Lafrenière has succeeded in rebuilding certain bridges with Aboriginal communities. And you don’t hear much about LeBel, which is a sign of great political skill when you are President of the Treasury Board.

The surprise

Two socio-demographic differences are revealing: Simon Jolin-Barette, responsible for Bill 21 and Bill 96, collects 47% of “good opinions” among Francophones, but drops sharply to 14% among non-Francophones. Then, only 18% of 18 to 34 year olds like Benoit Charette, while this score increases to 37% among those 55 and over.

The trend

Private Jean-François Roberge is in bad shape. We expected a lot from this professor turned minister. This is the problem when expectations are high, the fall is often more brutal, as shown by his dissatisfaction score (38%). Worse, if we analyze only the parents, his dissatisfaction score climbs to 52%!

Dubé and Guilbault, the favorites

  • Antoine Robitaille, The Journal of Quebec

Despite months of pandemic marked by difficult decisions, the Minister of Health, Christian Dubé, obtains the best score of “good opinion” among the members of the Legault government.

With 61%, he sits at the top of our barometer, with only 20% of respondents indicating that they have a “bad opinion” of him. He was appointed to Health at the end of June 2020.

The Deputy Prime Minister, Geneviève — Guilbault, follows him with 56% of “good opinion”. And since in terms of “bad opinion”, she collects a lower percentage (14%) than her colleague, we can say that she is – according to the differential of 42% – the most appreciated by government ministers.

Roberge, big loser

In the game of contrast between “good” and “bad” opinions, the Minister of Education, Jean-François Roberge, is the big loser, with a negative differential of -4 (34 “good” – 38 “bad” ). Mr. Roberge being the champion when it comes to “bad opinion”.

The first wave of the pandemic continues to have a hard impact on the notoriety of Marguerite Blais (Seniors) and Danielle McCann (Health, until June 2020), criticized at the time of the massacre in the chsld and RPA.

Formerly accustomed to the summits of the barometer, the former minister of Jean Charest still enjoys a solid percentage of “good opinion”, 38%. But it has been weighed down, since April 2020, by an explosion of “bad opinion”, 34%.

Her colleague Danielle McCann, demoted in the middle of the first wave, still has an excellent score in the “good opinion” column (41%). But the one with the higher education portfolio receives a high score of “bad opinion” (25%).

The surprise: Minister of Native Affairs for only one year, Ian Lafrenière won the bronze medal in the Legault cabinet. With 44% of “good opinion” and 14% of bad, his rating does not seem to have been affected by the missteps of his boss in this area.

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