Premier Rodney MacDonald didn’t have much to say yesterday about the results of a recent poll showing his party has dropped to third place in popularity.

 

“I don’t comment on polls,” he told reporters after the government’s weekly cabinet meeting.

 

The Atlantic Quarterly survey revealed only 43 per cent of 1,203 adults surveyed in May were satisfied with his government’s performance.

 

Immigration Minister Len Goucher said the poll results, which came out Wednesday from Corporate Research Associates, can’t be ignored.

 

“I guess it’s like Hertz; when you’re in second place, you try harder,” he said. “Now we’re in third place, we’ll try even harder.”

Don Mills, president and CEO of the research company, said the Tories have dropped for a number of reasons, the most prominent being slashing the eight per cent electricity tax rebate when energy costs are soaring.