Last night Audrey Young spun up a dramatic fall in John Key’s popularity despite him still at an all time high.
Travel and Lifestyle blogger David Farrar in a rare political post explains just how silly the Herald were with their prognostications.
This morning they release the latest poll and National can still govern alone but that didn’t stop them talking about a big fall.
Never mind the previous poll was way too high.
National has taken a hit in the first poll since Nicky Hager’s¬†Dirty Politics¬†was released but the Greens, not Labour, are the big winners so far.
Labour, in fact, has dropped a little – 1.3 points to 25.2 per cent – although leader David Cunliffe’s popularity has risen.
The Greens have jumped 3.8 points to 13.7 per cent which would give them 18 MPs, boosting their numbers by four. National has fallen by 4.9 points to 50 per cent.
There has been a marked fall in the numbers who think the country is heading in the right direction, down from 57 to 51.1 per cent. National would still be able to govern alone based on this poll, whether or not its current support partners, the Maori Party, Act and United Future, were returned.
New Zealand First polls just under the 5 per cent threshold at 4.7 per cent and would not be returned to Parliament on this poll result, although several recent polls have the party just over it.