The Ontario government’s current approval depends on whether the public sees a plan to contain the spread of COVID-19.
While the Ontario government is in a much better position in terms of public esteem today than it was last winter, it has been losing ground in recent months.
The public rallied to the government’s initial COVID response, and that pandemic approval lifted overall government approval dramatically as early as March. However, that approval peaked in July. Over the past few months growing concern about government the lack of restrictions on social contacts and a decrease in the number of people who feel the government has a plan have led to an erosion of approval for both government’s handling of COVID and its overall performance.
Ontarians will be watching the budget to see if it offers any proof the Ontario government has a plan to direct its response to COVID-19 or if it is simply responding to the latest pandemic brushfire.