Written By: - Date published: 9:22 am, April 6th, 2017 - 39 comments
Categories: Andrew Little, articles, jacinda ardern, labour, leadership - Tags: andrew little, jacinda ardern, leadership team, woman's weekly
Labour’s new tactic of featuring a leadership team seems to be working well. Tim Murphy at Newsroom has some numbers:
Labour draws National into a game of mixed doubles
Little-Ardern vs English-Bennett is actually a thing. The Labour pair appeared on the cover of the country’s best-selling magazine, the New Zealand Woman’s weekly, in a feature about their special relationship.
Labour’s polling company UMR Research has just examined New Zealanders’ attitudes to the pairings.
Take it with a red grain of salt, if you will, but the poll of 750 people in late March found their team marginally more favoured by Kiwis as a leadership ticket – 56 percent viewed them as favourable or somewhat favourable against 54 percent for the blue duo.
English and Bennett also had a higher somewhat unfavourable and very unfavourable rating of 37 percent against 27 percent for Little-Ardern. The red side did rate higher among those who were unsure or had never heard of them.
UMR found the Labour leaders fared better than National’s in Auckland, provincial and rural New Zealand, but fell behind in Christchurch and Wellington. The Nats win men by a healthy seven points and Labour the backing of women by 10.
National voters like their own leadership (89 percent favourable) a little more than Labour voters like theirs (85) and New Zealand First people are way more favourable to Little and Ardern (49 to 31). Predictably the Labour Party’s declared partner, the Greens are 71 per cent favourable to the red team and just 27 percent for National. …
The Woman’s Weekly piece is gold for Labour (and it has the added benefit of annoying Mathew Hooton). We’re going to be seeing a lot more of Andrew and Jacinda…
It all comes down to whisky, dad jokes and avoiding pineapple on pizza. https://t.co/Zf4w0NMcvN
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Updated – lprent: There is nothing about the Hagaman vs Little case in this post. However I have just banned two people for raising it in what are clearly diversionary comments. Read the policy that governs this site before wasting my time.
So I have put the post on auto-moderation, and will henceforward ban anyone raising that case in this post. Use OpenMike and avoid idiotic slogans – I tend to view those as attempts to astroturf and ban for those as well.
Anyone raising it here as a new topic here will get an mandatory ban to one month past the election. It seems like a good way to weed out the most stupid of the trolls – especially the ones who don’t read the posts down to this very clear warning.