Who has the better skill set to run the country?

More from the Newshub/Reid Research polling:

Who has the better skill set to run the country?

English: “My skills have been tried and tested – that’s for sure. But the big opportunity ahead is to build on what we’ve achieved”.

Ardern:: “I would expect the Prime Minister to have some home ground advantage.”

Obviously English is a lot more experienced at running the country, all incumbents are, but sooner or later voters prefer a change.

Is Jacinda Ardern old enough to be Prime Minister?

  • Yes 79%
  • No 17%
  • Don’t know 4%

Silly question. Of the 17% who voted ‘No’ many of them may just not like Ardern. Ardern has been an MP for 9 years and has prior political experience to that.

Is Bill English too old to be Prime Minister? Is Winston Peters too old to try to be Prime Minister? Just as irrelevant.

Of the 44.4% who supported National:

  • Female 46%
  • Male 54%

That’s a fairly even split, leaning slightly toward male support.

Ardern has strong support from women. Of the 33.1% who supported Labour:

  • Female 63%
  • Male 37%

Labour support ‘when Andrew little was leader’:

  • Female 55%
  • Male 45%

This suggests that the initial surge of support for Labour is from female voters. This isn’t really surprising.

What Newshub don’t reveal is the gender split for other parties. The total remaining:

  • Total 22.5%
  • Female 13.8%
  • Male 8.7%

NZ First + Greens totalled 17.5% with 5% supporting other parties.

I thought that women tended to favour the Greens, if so this suggests that either NZ First support heavily leans male, or the other party support is almost all male.

From: Newshub poll: Women key driver behind Jacinda Ardern’s surge

ReidResearchtrends

From: Newshub’s poll data bank

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26 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  August 11, 2017

    NZF first demographic possibly mainly elderly people with poor memories & declining cognitive skills?

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  2. Gezza

     /  August 11, 2017

    Did anyone else watching 1ewes at 6 last note notice the little dig The Vance had at Jacinda at the end of her segment covering Jacinda campaigning in her hometown of Morrinsville?
    Jacinda has been quite firm & a bit abrupt with peky media questions.

    The Vance commented that Jacinda was ‘unprepared to comment on significant news events’, including the Reserve Bank Governor’s announcement yesterday morning. I wondered if that was a bit of a shot across the bows to let Jacinda know: “Treat us nicely, or we can do that sort of thing to you …”

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    • Gezza

       /  August 11, 2017

      * pesky

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    • Blazer

       /  August 11, 2017

      I ronic that the Governor himself refused to answer questions ..then…yes.

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      • Gezza

         /  August 11, 2017

        Possibly. What do you think Jacinda should’ve said about it?

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        • Blazer

           /  August 11, 2017

          this is the domain of our finance spokesman,actually…(who needs to be David Parker)

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          • Gezza

             /  August 11, 2017

            You think she should’ve said that ?
            Email her. She’ll know next time. Email Grant too.

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            • Blazer

               /  August 11, 2017

              you are getting tedious…try the library,amuse yourself and stop being a prat.

            • Gezza

               /  August 11, 2017

              FMD. You could give lessons in tedious prattism bro. Go down to the Warehouse and buy yourself a cut price sense of humour and a redundant dot deleting program.

            • Gezza

               /  August 11, 2017

              And stop upsetting me. You know I’m bloody SENSITIVE!! 😠
              Off to visit dad. Behave! ☝🏼️

          • English wouldn’t do that

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            • Blazer

               /  August 11, 2017

              Hello English was Finance Minister as you ..know.

    • Good news to my ears

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    • High Flying Duck

       /  August 11, 2017

      I don’t think it was a shot across the bows at all – simply surprise that the leader of a major political party couldn’t make any informed comment about relevant issues. English is & Key was always on top of the issues and very well briefed. Even Andy Little made an effort.

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      • Blazer

         /  August 11, 2017

        the big surprise was the Governor himself not answering questions…thats the real…story.

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        • High Flying Duck

           /  August 11, 2017

          That is a different context entirely. There is the monetary issue which the Governor deals with and comments on at his discretion and then there are the political implications which is the party leader’s domain.
          If she’d been on top of it she could have used the continued dovish tone and holding back of interest rate increases to claim the Government has failed the economy.
          She would have been wrong, but any semi coherent comment that suggested she at least knew what was going on around her would have been better than “I wouldn’t mind going away and looking at the details around that”.

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          • Blazer

             /  August 11, 2017

            you lot are very picky…like vultures in the sky,circling for absolutely any sign of distress.Turn your attention to the Dep P.M….you will feast on carrion all year.

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      • I’ve been trying to remind people I know that she is lightweight on policy. If it’s not on her daily list she hasn’t got anything to say.

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  3. PDB

     /  August 11, 2017

    G: “The Vance commented that Jacinda was ‘unprepared to comment on significant news events’, including the Reserve Bank Governor’s announcement yesterday morning.”

    Jacinda already shows she doesn’t like to talk off script and think on her feet by avoiding answering questions she has been unable to prepare for. Should be an interesting few weeks seeing how long she can get away with this avoidance.

    https://www.whaleoil.co.nz/2017/08/tvnz-discovs-jacindas-actual-depth/

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    • Blazer

       /  August 11, 2017

      so quick to judge.The blimp has several portfolios and when asked…e.g…’what do you know about ..climate change’?…replies..NOTHING…!funny..as.

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    • sorethumb

       /  August 11, 2017

      I don’t object to people not wanting to talk off-script with the proviso that every question should be answered. We could have written questions on-line.

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  4. sorethumb

     /  August 11, 2017

    SWG Report:
    The Government’s role
    Clearly, there are serious questions to be asked about New Zealand’s economic policy and how we got into this mess. Why was it not better designed and managed, and more focussed, coordinated and strategic? Did the electorate simply get what it voted for, without realising what was really happening, or have New Zealanders not been well served over the years?
    Underlining the current difficult situation, the government is spending at an unsustainable level and running large deficits (the opposite of saving). As a result, it is borrowing a hefty $300 million a week. It needs to return the Budget to a surplus of no less than 2% of GDP as soon as possible.
    Looking ahead over the next 20 years or so, the government will face increasing costs from the effects of an ageing population. If the government is to keep its borrowing within a sustainable level (as it must) over this period, its options are to: substantially increase tax revenue, reduce government spending, or increase government sector productivity and performance. The first two options are clearly unpalatable. However, modelling shows that if the government can lift its performance and increase productivity by 2% a year for five years and 1% thereafter, there would be no need to raise taxes or cut government services. The SWG strongly recommends this.
    On other government policy issues, SWG recommendations include:
    – A much more strategic and integrated approach to policy generally.
    – Serious consideration of the impact of the level and variability of immigration on national saving, and the impact that this might have on the living standards of New Zealanders. There are indications that our high immigration rate has pushed up government spending, house prices and business borrowing.
    – Improving data on household and business saving.
    http://www.treasury.govt.nz/publications/reviews-consultation/savingsworkinggroup/pdfs/swg-report-jan11.pdf

    John Key [non-plussed] “well we don’t agreeee with that”……

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  5. phantom snowflake

     /  August 11, 2017

    The Newshub/Reid Research poll quoted above implies that the Prime Minister runs the country; a dubious proposition at best!

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  6. Gezza

     /  August 12, 2017

    I did rather like this, from over at TS.

    I miss the good old days of tv political satire. Now we only get it from the pollies themselves & it’s just not up the same standard. 😕

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