Confidence in Shearer? Not really

Stuff has an online poll up that shows overwhelming support for Labour’s Leader – not.



John Key is right…Kiwis can see things are improving…”it’s the economy, stupid” as a saying has never been truer.

After five years of austerity, Kiwis see conditions improving, Prime Minister John Key says, with the latest Fairfax-Ipsos poll showing continued strong support for the Government.

Halfway through its second term, Key’s National Party is riding high on 49.1 per cent support, up 4.5 percentage points since February, and would be able to govern alone.

Over the same period Labour had shed 4.4 per cent to 31.9 per cent, with respondents pointing to Shearer as weak and negative, Ipsos pollster Duncan Stuart said.

Key said today that the message in the poll was consistent with other indicators, reflecting a positive reaction to the Budget and a general improvement in economic conditions.

”Across a number of indicators people are positive,” he said.

”They can feel and see change, and I think that after the better part of five years of recessionary conditions internationally and difficult conditions locally they can see some light at the end of the tunnel.”

Key said former Labour Finance Minister Michael Cullen said governments could not expect to win votes at the Budget, but only hope they would not lose them.

The Budget ”was a snapshot into the economic performance of New Zealand” and compared well with Australia, which revealed a large deficit, and would likely stay in deficit for longer.

”It was a chance for New Zealanders to see ‘well actually, our country is doing pretty well’.”

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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