Status quo no longer an option for National after latest poll

The latest 1 NEWS/Colmar Brunton poll is devastating for National, and also for any candidate promising the status quo.

Support for Labour has jumped strongly in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton political poll.

The party is at 48 per cent, up nine points on its December poll result, its highest level in 15 years. 

And it now has a clear lead over National which has slipped three points since December to be at 43 per cent.   

Labour’s coalition and support partners have also slipped, however.

The Greens are down two per cent to five per cent and New Zealand First is below the five per cent threshold at three per cent, down two this poll.

The election is more than two-and-a-half years away; it matters not what the support partners have scored. What matters is that Labour have momentum and something drastic needs to happen to stop that.

That means trouble for the status-quo candidates Mark Mitchell and Amy Adams. It should also make Simon Bridges take stock, realising that virtue signalling about Maori won’t work either. The only candidate who can stop Labour’s juggernaut is Judith Collins.

In the preferred Prime Minister stakes. Jacinda Ardern has climbed another four points to 41 per cent. That gives her a big lead over Bill English who slipped eight points to 20 per cent.

Winston Peters is down one per cent to four per cent.

Preferred PM is irrelevant right now, as Bill English has gone.


National cannot sit on their laurels any longer. They have to act.



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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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