It is a couple of days old but news of the poll are still reverberating.
And so I thought it worthy of a post. Newstalk ZB has the details:
A new Reid Research poll was commissioned by Business NZ, intended to gauge public support for capital gains tax, has shown minimal support for the smaller parties.
The poll began on March 15, the same day as the terror attack, and ran until March 23, two days after Ardern announced the detail of gun reforms at her post Cabinet press conference.
As part of it, the 1000 polled were also asked which party they supported.
Once those who did not give a choice of party are taken out, Labour was on 49.6 per cent, National on 41.3 per cent and NZ First and the Green Party were languishing on 2.3 per cent and 3.9 per cent respectively.
In the last Newshub Reid Research poll from February, Labour was on 47.5 and National was on 41.6 per cent.
And the bad news for National may not be over. The poll was taken from March 15 to March 23. Ever since then I have seen almost universal admiration for Jacinda Ardern. And on the ground campaigning has shown a warmth for progressives that I have not seen in quite a while.
The plight of the Greens is of concern but I am confident they will improve matters.
National must be worried. I would confidently predict that the next poll will see them under 40% unless things dramatically change.
The basic problem for all other parties is that right now Jacinda Ardern is burning bright. And no one is close to matching her.