A majority of Ontarians find their hydro bills “very unreasonable” and fear selling off Hydro One will only force electricity prices higher, a new Angus Reid Institute poll found.

A majority of Ontarians find their hydro bills “very unreasonable” and fear selling off Hydro One will only force electricity prices higher, a new Angus Reid Institute poll found.

That concern helps explain why the same poll pegged Premier Kathleen Wynne’s approval rating at a rather shockingly low 12%.

Shachi Kurl, executive director of the Angus Reid Institute, said Wynne’s rating has been dropping since it hit a high of 41% in September, 2014.

“Over the years, watching approval ratings for premiers, I have seen them resign when their numbers get below 19%,” Kurl said. “One of the strengths that she is able to rely on is the fact that — for the time being — her caucus is with her. This isn’t translating into knife fights in the backrooms or the back corridors among Liberal caucus members. Not yet.”

Wynne and her Liberal government have been under public pressure to do something about rising hydro rates, and earlier this month, announced steps to lower bills by 25%.

Six in 10 Ontarians polled say the government’s plan to reduce rates, by refinancing hydro debt and cancelling the provincial portion of the HST on hydro bills, will be important as they decide who to vote for in the 2018 election.

However, the price of hydro and the sale of Hydro One shares are even more pressing an issue.

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