I was quite surprised by Jim Anderton’s decision to stand for mayor of Christchurch. And I had thought that his decision not to step down from Parliament until the next election was a mistake that would haunt him in the mayoral campaign. But it looks like I got it wrong. A UMR poll shows that Anderton is preferred over Tory incumbent Bob Parker by a two to one margin.
In a multi-candidate race, 46% of those polled would vote for Anderton vs 21% for Parker, while in a head to head contest Anderton would get 61% of the vote to Parker’s 30%. It’s a small poll, 350, (presumably tacked on to UMR’s normal nationwide polling) but that just means a slightly larger than normal margin of error, 5.2%. Anderton’s lead is far beyond that margin of error.
I’m not really up with the issues in the race but I imagine that Parker’s support for the abolition of the elected Ecan council has done him no favours.