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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  • The other Neil

    I voted yes, because he is the best Labour leader for National

    • John1234

      Me too! Keep David! (Or bring Back Phil!)

      • Dave

        Nah, Phil was a better leader, bit slow, but not as slow as Shearer. Please keep Sheep there, he really is the gift that keeps on giving to national.

    • Quite so Neil. In my ever-humble opinion, David Shearer should be offered the job of Leader of the Opposition in perpetuity; he is perfect for the job!

    • unitedtribes

      Me too hes the best man for National

    • Bunswalla

      Yeah me too, but I didn’t really like the colour of the graph bar under the heading “Labour as a whole needs to re-focus”


  • blokeintakapuna

    It’s almost a shame he’s about to get the knife in the back from within sometime soon – as he’s been the best darn Labour Leader National could ever want…

    • LabTested

      Grant Robertson trying to have a go at Judith Collins at question time today was like watching a Mallowpuff savaging a Rottweiler

      • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

        I heard John Key couldn’t answer Sheep’s question properly….

        • Dave

          No, he was rolling around pissing himself laughing at Sheeps question. Ah, $1+$1=$2 Mr Shearer, unless you borrow Russells printer.

  • Kiwikea

    You should be encouraging a Yes vote. 1) good for anyone but Labour 2) will confuse Stuff if the poll is different to their survey.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    Sheep is buoyed by the swing towards the centre-left in Christchurch. He sees that trend as the beginning of the end for John Key.

    • Bryan

      what based in 121 phone calls deluded

  • notrotsky

    I think labour need a real leader, someone like Greg presland perhaps.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      I understand some phone calls have been made to Comrade Klarke in UN….

  • Lion_ess

    I voted Yes.
    The only question he can be trusted with, to ask the Prime Minister in Parliament “Does he stand by all his statements?” snort!!

  • Agent BallSack

    Best case scenario Dunnes Done, Goffs Off and Shearer remains camp leader for many years to come!

    • dumbshit

      Heh you got the “camp” part right, one or three of the suckers in that mob

  • Agent BallSack

    Next year my voting paper for Ohariu will have big tick for National and then a big tick for None Of The Above.

    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      By doing that you have ruined any chance National has to form the government in 2014.

  • thor42

    Wussell Norman bleats on about the “big lie”.
    What about the **planet-sized** lie of “global warming”, Wussell?
    It is *bullshit*.
    “People in glasshouses shouldn’t throw stones.”

  • rockape

    Who would want to pick up this poisoned chalice. They would be known as the leader who got Labours worse ever poll. No goeff was supposed to be mr Fillin but no one had the back bone to change the party so they are stuck with Shearer. After the election they need to find a new leader and find some new policies and then find a new name. New Labour has a certain ring about it!
    With a bit of luck the electoral system will change and we may have elections ever 4 years. That will give them time to sort their act out, divorce the Greens and try and recover their reputation. Right now their a sinking ship.

  • Spoonfed

    I voted yes

    Shearer is the best person to lead Labour into the next election…


    • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

      There is no doubt that a Labour-Green-NZ First-Mana government will be in place between 2014-2023.

  • Chad Chambers

    Andrew Little is inexperienced at this level but will make a great PM one day.

    Cunliffe for now though. He would have the current govt scrambling for cover most days.

    • Bad__Cat

      Little has as much charisma as Darien Fenton. Good choice, Clint …..I mean Chad

    • Lion_ess

      Andrew Little will never make PM – would you let him kiss your baby?

      • Travis Poulson

        Not with that forked tongue.

    • Goldie

      Little – a rather dim career politician whose only achievement to date has been to get crushed by the Crusher.

  • steve and monique

    3 cheers for the Greens. Makes David look even worse then even he is capable of.

  • RightOfGenghis

    David, Phil, Grant, who cares. They’re all tossers and their once-vaunted socialist experiment is finished!

  • Travis Poulson

    I voted yes. Come on guys, Shearer needs our support.

  • Sir Cullen’s Sidekick

    OK, now the joke is on you Tories. As I predicted, the latest Roy Morgan poll is out and it is all over for John Key and National. Bye bye National, see you in 2023. Watch out for Vomit McCarten, John gnome Campbell and other left wing nutters to hold onto this poll like Gold.

    I hope now you Tories take me seriously and my ability to predict political events.

    Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a big fall in support for Prime Minister John Key’s National Party to 41% (down 3% since April 29-May 12, 2013). Support for Key’s Coalition partners is slightly down overall with the Maori Party 2% (unchanged), ACT NZ 0.5% (down 1%) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

    Support for Labour is 35% (up 3%); Greens are 12% (unchanged), New Zealand First 4.5% (down 0.5%), Mana Party 0.5% (down 0.5%), Conservative Party of NZ 2.5% (up 1%) and Others 1.5% (up 1%).

    If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows an Opposition Labour/ Greens Coalition would win.

    The latest NZ Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating is also down 3pts to 123 with 55.5% (down 1%) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 32.5% (up 2%) that say NZ is ‘heading in the
    wrong direction’.

    • spollyike

      Yeah nah….gotta be rigged, who do they poll Christchurch schools?

    • AnonWgtn

      Thank God all the other polls were rogues.

  • Col

    We should be taking bets too see what month Shearer ends his time as leader of the Labour party I say August 2013.

    • Troy

      Mmmm maybe… but way too early for my liking.