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As Calgary mayor and council’s public approval plummet, their desperation increases
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As Calgary mayor and council’s public approval plummet, their desperation increases 

Recent polling suggests Calgary’s Mayor Naheed Nenshi and much of his City Council has seen a sharp decline in popularity. With the Mayor seeing the approval of only 39%, and less for the council as a whole.

This number is a far cry from the 73% vote share Nenshi enjoyed in Calgary’s 2013 municipal elections, which was elevated mainly due to high approval of his responsiveness in the South Alberta floods of that year. 

Many saw Naheed Nenshi as one of Alberta’s most popular left-wing politicians, who would continuously challenge conservatives to commit to massive spending projects for city infrastructure. Forcing them either to anger their fiscal conservative base or risk alienating centrist voters who are less ideological on public finances.

These recent polls combined with his narrow 8 point win in his 2017 election showed, followed by his recent failure to win public approval in the 2018 Olympic Plebiscite that he desperately needs to win back support if he is to fend off a stronger more recognized challenger in 2021.

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