More good news for Government

Things are going the wrong way for Labour…the economy is improving, and more people are feeling that the government is on the right track.

Confidence in the country’s direction is surging.

The latest Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll shows 59.5 per cent of voters think New Zealand is headed in the right direction compared with 40.5 per cent who think it is on the wrong track – a big shift from a year ago, when opinion was evenly divided.

The poll comes as the economy is tipped to pick up steam next year and outperform most other developed countries. Confidence in the Government is also on the up – more voters think it is doing a good job than ever before under the Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll, achieving an average 5.6 out of 10 rating from the 1000 voters we surveyed.

That included a big jump in the number of people who believe the Government is performing extremely well, to 18.4 per cent.  

The results will confound Labour, after a period in which the Government was plagued by bad headlines, including ACT leader and coalition ally John Banks being ordered to stand trial on electoral fraud allegations, questions about government oversight of spending by a kohanga reo trust and the High Court throwing a spanner in Hekia Parata’s Christchurch schools programme.

Former Labour Party president Mike Williams said governments usually profited when people felt better about how things were going.

Labour now runs the risk of being labeled trash talkers…always talking down the country. People don;t want negativity from the opposition they want a vision, something to believe in.

Unfortunately all they hear is how bad things are when in actual fact things aren;t too bad, especially when you look at the rest of the world.

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