Watch John Key move to neutralise immigration as an issue

One News has a wake up call for John Key on immigration. A new poll shows an increase in support for cutting the number of foreign workers into New Zealand – but a majority of voters still believe current numbers or even more were fine.

A new poll shows an increase in support for cutting the number of foreign workers into New Zealand – but a majority of voters still believe current numbers or even more were fine.

In the One News Colmar Brunton poll, 38 per cent of respondents said New Zealand should let in fewer migrants – up 11 points from six months ago when the same poll question was asked in April.

While 44 per cent still believed the current numbers were about right that was a seven point drop from the 51 per cent in April.  

Thirteen percent wanted more migrants to come, down from 18 percent. Overall, 57 per cent supported current levels or more migrants.

Immigration has been an increasingly hot topic at a time of record net migration, reaching 69,000 in the year to July.

The spike in those concerned shows Opposition parties could be getting traction from calls to cut numbers because of the strain population growth puts on housing, jobs and infrastructure.

That is a big wedge of voters at risk there.

John Key should move to neutralise this, though given the state of polls at the moment he might not do anything at all.

 

– NZ Herald


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