Ardern bubble burst

Jacinda Ardern’s promotion to Labour’s deputy leadership and her campaigning alongside Andrew Little was touted by some as a game changer by some, and Ardern seemed to bump up in popularity, but her party remained unmoved and she seemed to disappear from the lime light.

Whether Ardern’s fading from view has caused it or was because of it, her popularity has declined in Newshub’s latest poll – Jacinda Ardern’s popularity plummets

‘Plummet’ is a bit over dramatic, but it is a significant change. Preferred Prime Minister:

  • Andrew Little 7% (down from 8.3%)
  • Jacinda Ardern 6.6% (down from 10.5%)

Andrew Little’s decline barely rates a mention as the rest of the article is about Ardern and her latest magazine cover promotion.

The poll result comes the same day as Ms Ardern graces the front cover of Nextmagazine, where she opens up about the toll her new role is taking on her private life and her mental health.

“I do live in constant fear of what might be. Clarke really tries to pull me back from the precipice of anxiety a lot, but it’s just who I am,” she says.

That sounds like even deputy leadership is not really her thing, at this stage at least. It is unlikely to help Labour’s election chances.

That seems to be the only poll results Newshub has released so far, no mention of Bill English and Winston Peters ratings. I guess they will drip feed into several stories to maximise the headlines from some fairly boring numbers.

The Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted June 2-12. 1000 people were surveyed, 750 by telephone and 250 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

19 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  June 15, 2017

    Jacinda is so far just fluff. An overgrown teenage girl trying to do a woman’s job. Still got nothing useful to do. Annette was head and shoulders above her. Hopelessly out of her depth. Sorry, Andrew – but everyone can see this but the Labour Party.

    • PDB

       /  June 15, 2017

      “Annette was head and shoulders above her.”

      Dandruff can be a problem and Annettes hair looked a bit messy at times. Jacinda’s hair does look well maintained however.

      • Gezza

         /  June 15, 2017

        Stop trying to be evil. We could all see you can’t hack it against the best.

        • PDB

           /  June 15, 2017

          Nice guys finish last….

          “Durocher spent 24 years as manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, New York Giants, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros after a mediocre 17-season career as an infielder. It was while he was managing the Dodgers in 1946 that he uttered the eminently quotable phrase”.

          • Gezza

             /  June 15, 2017

            Rubbish. I’ve up here at the finish line drinking my orange juice for the last five minutes – you’re only just hoving into view in my binoculars.

          • Gezza

             /  June 15, 2017

            And, just in case there is any doubt:

    • Pete Kane

       /  June 15, 2017

      “Jacinda is so far just fluff.”. And totally overrated fluff to boot. (Mind you the Press Gallery are an ugly bunch – so all relative judgement I guess.)

  2. PDB

     /  June 15, 2017

    Andrew Little could have Brigitte Bardot in her prime draped over him and still look unelectable.

    • PDB

       /  June 15, 2017

      • Pete Kane

         /  June 15, 2017

        I want to get it without looking her up PD. Brigitte Bardot?

        • PDB

           /  June 15, 2017

          Yep – ties in with my original comment……

      • dezz

         /  June 15, 2017

        🙂

      • High Flying Duck

         /  June 15, 2017

        Having looked for quite some time, I believe you’re wrong.
        I’d vote for Andy if he could do his press stand ups with her draping over him.

        It’s all about the policies of course…

        • PDB

           /  June 15, 2017

          I’m sure the half nipple slip won you over……

  3. how sad

  4. Alan Wilkinson

     /  June 15, 2017

    Internal panel? What is this and how is it compatible with random selection?

    The combined fall of over 5% can’t be good news for Labour.

    • PDB

       /  June 15, 2017

      Labour on record low in latest newshub poll.

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