In Newshub’s latest (Reid Research) party poll the results are fairly standard compared to most recent polls (except the latest Roy Morgan which has National on 43.5%).
The big news is Jacinda Ardern on 10.5% topping Andrew Little slipping to 8.3% in preferred Prime Minister.
- National 47.1%
- Labour 30.8%
- Greens 11.2%
- NZ First 7.6%
- TOP (Gareth Morgan) 0.8%
- Maori Party 0.7%
- ACT 0.4%
- United Future 0.4%
- Conservative Party 0.4%
They have changed their polling method and haven’t polled for a while so trends and comparisons are difficult.
The poll is a sample of 1000 people, with 25 percent of respondents participating through an internet panel. The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.
Newshub reported “Gareth Morgan has made a huge splash on the political scene” – that’s a bit of a stretch but it’s a good start for TOP.
Oddly Newshub first and separately reported: Bill English languishes in popularity compared to John Key
A Newshub-Reid Research poll released on Tuesday has found the new Prime Minister is 11 points behind where John Key ranked in the preferred Prime Minister rankings.
Mr English is on 25 percent in the preferred Prime Minister stakes, compared to John Key’s result in August last year of 36.7 percent – which was also his worst.
There has been a concerted effort by the Prime Minister’s office to make English more relatable – encouraging his personality and humour to show through, and by getting him out in the community doing things like shearing sheep.
But Brand English clearly isn’t resonating with the voters like Brand Key did – and six months out from an election that will have National worried.
English at 25% at this stage doesn’t seem surprising to me, it is hardly remarkable.
What was surprising was that Newshub only pushed the English result an left the big news until later:
Preferred Prime Minister:
- Bill English 25%
- Jacinda Ardern 10.5% (up 7.6)
- Winston Peters 8.9%
- Andrew Little 8.3% (down 2.2)
And a new ‘power rating’:
- Bill English +52, -7, overall +35
- Andrew Little +35, -36, overall -1