Is Goff the right man for the job? History has the answer

With Len Brown down, and no credible alternative candidates on the horizon, it seems like Phil Goff is going to have an easy run into the office with the stains under the desk.

But arts, lifestyle and fitness blogger Pinko Farrar has taken some time away from his hectic schedule to produce a post that would normally have come from Ede, bless his running socks.

via Kiwiblog

via Kiwiblog

As Goff lines up to try and become the leader of Auckland, it is worth looking at how he did as the leader of Labour. The graph above is the data from the TV3 Reid Research poll which asks if people approve or disapprove of the job party leaders are doing.

As you can see Goff started with a positive public response. He had 43% approving and just 27% disapproving for a net of +16%.

But over the next two and a half years his disapproval rating rose from 27% to peak at 54% in October 2011. That takes some doing, to double the number of people who say you’re doing a poor job. And his approvals dropped from 43% to 28%.

Overall he went from a +16% rating to a -26% rating.

It took all of 5 months for the gloss to wear off.  The public were happy to see him, got to have a good look, and he crashed into the negatives in short order.

I don’t think Auckland should expect anything else.   But the power lies in the Council, and all of the effort needs to go into getting the right balance of councillors elected to it so that Phil Goff becomes as useful as Obama.


– David P Farrar, Kiwiblog

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