Latest poll

April 26th, 2016 at 8:28 pm by David Farrar

Roy Morgan’s monthly poll is out and blogged here.

Quite different to Colmar Brunton. CB has National up while RM has National down.

Both CM and RM have Labour down, and well under 30%.

CM has NZ First down 1% while RM has NZ First up 3.5%.

KDS and polls

April 17th, 2016 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

Pete George notes a tweet from a pollster:

Andrew from Colmar Brunton just tweeted:

Wow this week’s poll! The criticism has been much worse than usual. NEVER happens when Labour support increases.

Labour is down 4 to 28%, the first time they have dipped below 30 since the 2014 election, and National is up 3 to 50% – see One News/Colmar Brunton April 2016.

The reaction from the left, apparent on Twitter and at The Standard, ranged from disbelief to  blame, of everything from bad or corrupt polling methods, misleading or corrupt media and John Key.

Hard core Labour supporters have now had nearly eight years of post-Clark frustration and disappointment and daashed hopes.

On current performances (of the party and of leader Andrew Little) this looks unlikely to change any time soon.

Labour has faded from a major party with a widely respected leader to a struggling party with diminishing status.

They are on to their fourth leader and their latest one seems to be heading towards failure, probably hastened by this week’s lurch into dirty politics.

It’s the problem again of people living in a bubble. They and all their friends hate John Key and adore Labour, so how can the polls possibly be right.

Of course the polls are not always accurate. At the last election they under-estimated support for National and over-estimated support for the Greens!

2014 NZ Election Study on the issues

April 14th, 2016 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

The final post looks at views of New Zealanders on various issues from the NZ Election Study.

The first two, and most important are has the Government done a good job and has the economy been good or bad.

73% of NZers said the Government had done a good job in the last three years and only 21% said a bad job.

That’s a staggeringly low level of people saying the Government had done a bad job.

NZES asked about whether we should be spending more,  less or the same in various areas. The table below summarises this:

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Health and education stand out as the two areas NZers most want more spending. This is no surprise. They have a net 65% support.

After that is housing and law enforcement on around net 40%.

Then environment on 34%, superannuation 27% and business & industry 19%.

The three areas where NZers want less spending is defence at -1%, welfare -20% and unemployment benefits -29%.

Then they asked NZers if they agreed with a series of statements, that are below.

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The biggest agreement at net +63% was people should have to work for the dole.

Next biggest agreement was that Government should subsidise or assist companies with research and development followed by income inequality is too large and should be reduced, unions are necessary to protect workers and exporters should get financial assistance.

NZers also think big business has too much power, we should assist international sportspersons and film makers and SOE privatisation has gone too far.

There is modest agreement that trade unions are necessary to protect workers at +9% and raise the super age to 67 at +4%.

Minor disagreement at -1% that many on welfare don’t deserve help, that NZ needs a Capital Gains Tax, unions have too much power (-3%) and lowering benefits helps people stand on their own feet (-4%).

More significant disagreement that the Government should help banks in times of crisis (-15%), we should have more immigration (-35%) and abortion is always wrong (-40%).

Also some voting issues were canvassed.

  • On compulsory voting 44% were in favour and 53% against.
  • Lowering the voting age to 16 had 7% support and a massive 90% opposition.
  • 48% supported keeping the Maori seats and 39% opposed.
  • 35% would vote on the Internet if they had a choice, while 595 would still choose a polling place.
  • 45% were confident that Internet voting would be secure and private and 46% were not.
  • 14% were more likely to vote if they could vote online and 10% said they were less likely to vote.

Huge opposition to reducing the voting age to 16.

2014 Election Study on Leaders

April 13th, 2016 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Now we look at the favourability ratings for the party leaders in 2014. Again first those who have a favourable view of each leader.

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No surprise that Key had the highest favourability at 60%. But considering this was done after two months of Hager and Dotcom allegations against Key, still a remarkable level.

The 2nd most popular leader is Winston. 30% of NZers like him. Will be interesting to see how that breaks down by which party they voted for.

The two Green leaders were next – Turei on 22% and Norman 20%.  In between then was David Cunliffe on 21%. When only one in five NZers like the alternative Prime Minister, then the outcome may not be a huge surprise.

Flavell does quite well for a minor party with 18% favourability, then Dunne on 13%, Craig 12%, Harawira 10%, Harre 7% and poor Jamie Whyte last on 4%.

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This shows how many New Zealanders dislike each leader. The leader with the lowest level of dislike was John Key at 28%. One can have high favourability and unfavourability (think Muldoon), but this shows Key didn’t have a high level of dislike in 2014 – lower than any other leader.

Next lowest was Flavell on 32%, then Turei 37%, Norman 38%, Peters 42%, Whyte 42% and Dunne 46%.

Colin Craig had high unfavourability at 49% but this was less than David Cunliffe at 54%. That is a very high level of unfavourability for the proposed alternative Prime Minister.

The two most unpopular leaders were Laila Harre with 60% dislike and Hone Harawira with 64%,

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This graph shows the net favourability for each leader. Key was the only leader whom more voters liked than disliked – at +32%.

The least unpopular was then Peters at -12%, Flavell -13%, Turei -15%, and Norman -18%.

After that Cunliffe was at -32%, Dunne -33%, Craig -37% and Whyte -39%.

Finally Harre on -53% and Harawira on -54%.

A pity they didn’t survey opinion on the true Internet Party Leader, Kim Dotcom – I suspect would be even lower.

Houston we may have a problem

April 12th, 2016 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

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This is the Preferred PM rating of the four Labour Opposition Leaders. Rather speaks for itself.

2014 Election Study on Party Position

April 12th, 2016 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Another question asked in the 2014 Election Study was where voters say each party on a 0 to 10 scale where 0 is hard left and 10 is hard right. They were also asked where they assessed themselves.

Party LR

ACT was assessed as the most right party with a median score of 8. Both the Conservatives and National had a median score of 7.

The median voter score was a 6 – so slightly centre-right. United Future was placed there also.

NZ First is in the middle on 5. The Maori Party slightly centre-left on a 4.

The Mana and Internet parties were judged to be hard left.

I find it interesting that Labour and the Greens both have a median of 3. Once upon a time the Greens would have been seen as more to the left of Labour, but now they are seen as not far apart.

Now consider all the left activists who claim Labour need to go further to the left in order to win. They are already three away from the median vote on six. National is only one away from the median voter. So going further to the left for Labour just makes them look more extreme.

As the median voter is a six, then a three is as far away from them as a nine is.

For Labour to win, they either need to shift the median voter from a six to a five (very difficult to do) or they need to shift the perception of themselves from a three to a four. I doubt they will, and they will be surprised when they fail again.

2014 Election Study on Party Favourability

April 11th, 2016 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

Every election a major study/poll is done by the academics involved in the NZ Election Study. They’ve started to release data from their 2014 study and there is a trove of interesting data, which all parties should be looking at (if they want to increase their vote).

The first set of data I want to look at is party favourability. Respondents were asked to assess how much they like each party on a 0 to 10 scale. So a 0 to 4 is unfavourable and a 6 to 10 is favourable.

So how many people had a favourable opinion of each party? This is an important measurement as it effectively shows the current maximum likely support for each party. If you don’t like a party, there’s no way you’ll vote for it. If they do like the party, they may vote for it.

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National is viewed favourably by 58% of NZers. That helps explain why 47% voted for them.

Labour is viewed favourably by just 35% of NZers. This is very significant as unless they can fundamentally change the brand and image of their party, that is their effective lid.  And as they really need to get into the high 30s to be able to form a clear centre-left Government. So they have a favourability rating lower than the minimum they need to win.

The Greens are also viewed favourably by around a third of NZers. This is possibly the same third who view Labour favourably, which suggests Greens could get more votes off them. We won’t know for sure how much they overlap until NZES release the full data set.

I was fascinated that 15% had a favourable view of the Conservative Party. If things hadn’t fallen apart after the election, this indicates they had definite potential to break the 5% barrier. Also of interest is the Maori Party have 19% who view them favourably – suggesting again they could pick up more votes.

ACT and United Future both have less than 10% seeing them favourably. The change of leader of ACT may have changed that, but regardless a real challenge.

Now we turn to the Unfavourability – how many NZers say they don’t like that party.

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National has the least unfavourable – only 28% of NZers dislike National. This will come as a surprise to hard left activists who live in a bubble where 100% of their friends dislike National.

At the other extreme the Internet and Mana parties were massively disliked and toxic. The thought of them deciding the Government was a turn off for many voters.

ACT have the next highest unfavourability at 55%. Not a big surprise with the Banks prosecution.  Also on 50% are the Conservatives.

All the other parties are in the 40s for Unfavourability.

Now we look at the net favourability – those who like less those who dislike.

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Only one party has positive net favourability – National at +30%.

Labour and Greens are both slightly negative net favourability at -5% and -7%.  Following them is NZ First on -17%, and Maori Party -22%.

The next five are Conservatives on -35%, United -38%, ACT -37%, Mana -57% and Internet Party -72%.  The Internet Party may be the most unpopular party in the history of NZ politics.

Overall the data shows the huge gulf between National and other parties when it comes to both favourability and unfavourability.

Latest poll

April 10th, 2016 at 6:31 pm by David Farrar

I’ve blogged at Curia the results of tonight’s One News Colmar Brunton poll.

It is almost half way through National’s third term, so it is useful to compare it to the same poll halfway through National’s second term.

In April 2013 National was at 43% and Labour 36% – a 7% gap.

In April 2016 National is at 50% and Labour 28% – a 22% gap.

This is the lowest Labour has been since the election, and also the highest National has been. And taken after the flag referendum which Labour were convinced would damage National, so they opposed change against their own policy. Nice outcome guys.

Key Little is also at 7% Preferred Prime Minister. This is the lowest for a Labour Leader since May 2010. He is now 3% behind Peters.

Labour said in December 2014 their aim was to be polling at 40% by the end of 2015. It’s April 2016 and they’re in the 20s.

If I was a Labour MP, I’d be asking what exactly do they think will change in the next 18 months, so it isn’t a repeat of the last 18 months?

 

Public Polls March 2016

April 6th, 2016 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

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Curia’s monthly newsletter is out. The executive summary is:

There was one political voting poll in March 2016 – a Roy Morgan.

The average of the public polls has National 18% ahead of Labour in March, the same as February. The current seat projection is centre-right 58 seats, centre-left 51 which would see NZ First hold the balance of power.

We show the current New Zealand poll averages for party vote, country direction and preferred PM compared to three months ago, a year ago, three years ago and nine years ago. This allows easy comparisons between terms and Governments.

In the United States Obama now has positive approval ratings for the first time in many years. The prediction markets have Trump at 44% likely to win the GOP nomination and Cruz at 36%. Clinton is at 83% to be the Democratic nominee.

In the UK polls show Remain just 3% ahead of Leave in the EU referendum.

In Australia the Coalition remain ahead of Labor but Turnbull’s approval rating continues to decline.

In Canada the Liberals have dropped 4% this month but remain well ahead in the polls.

We also carry details of polls on the NZ flag and cannabis plus the normal business and consumer confidence polls.

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Public Polls February 2016

March 11th, 2016 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

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The newsletter is out:

There were two political voting polls in February – a Roy Morgan and a One News Colmar Brunton.

The average of the public polls has National 18% ahead of Labour in February, down 1% from January. The current seat projection is centre-right 61 seats, centre-left 50 which would see the Maori Party hold the balance of power.

We show the current New Zealand poll averages for party vote, country direction and preferred PM compared to three months ago, a year ago, three years ago and nine years ago. This allows easy comparisons between terms and Governments.

In the United States Trump is a 4/11 favourite to win the Republican nomination against Cruz at 7/2 and Rubio 20/1.

In the UK polls show Remain just 4% ahead of Leave in the EU referendum.

In Australia the Coalition’s lead over Labor has decline, along with Turnbull’s approval ratings.

In Canada Trudeau has declined slightly, but the Liberals remains dominant on 49%.

We also carry details of polls on NZ police pursuits and TPP plus the normal business and consumer confidence polls.

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1st post TPP poll has bounce for National

February 20th, 2016 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

Roy Morgan released their monthly poll yesterday (on Curia here) and the first public poll post the TPP protests has National up 1.5% to 48.5% and Labour languishing on 27.0%.

My opinion is that the mnature of the protests alienate most New Zealanders and only appeal to those already hostile to the Government. For others, they are a big turn off.

January Public Polls

February 1st, 2016 at 11:00 am by David Farrar

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The January Curia newsletter is out. The summary is:

Curia’s Polling Newsletter – Issue 93, January 2016

 

There was one political voting poll in January – a Roy Morgan.

 

The average of the public polls has National 19% ahead of Labour in January, down 1% from December. The current seat projection is centre-right 59 seats, centre-left 51 which would see the Maori Party hold the balance of power.

We show the current New Zealand poll averages for party vote, country direction and preferred PM compared to three months ago, a year ago, three years ago and nine years ago. This allows easy comparisons between terms and Governments.

In the United States as voting in primaries is about to start Donald Trump leads by 7% in Iowa, 215 in New Hampshire, 16% in South Carolina and 14% in Nevada.

On the Democratic side Clinton leads by 4% in Iowa, Sanders by 13% in New Hampshire and Clinton by 30% in South Carolina.

In the UK there is only a 6% chance of a Labour-led Government.

In Australia since the accession of Malcolm Turnbull, the Coalition has maintained a strong lead over Labor, with an election due within the year.

In Canada despite gloomy economic news, a plurality of Canadians think Canada is heading in the right direction.

We also carry details of polls on US ship visits plus the normal business and consumer confidence polls.

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Labour in Roy Morgan polls

January 26th, 2016 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

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The 1st poll of 2016 saw Labour at 27.5%. This is after we hear what a great year Labour had last year from the media.

The graph above shows Labour in the Roy Morgan poll since they started in 2005.

It is no surprise that they are lower than when they were in Government but they are lower than most of the time they have been in opposition.

In January 2010 they were at 32% and in January 2013 they were at 31.5%. These are at the same stage of the electoral cycle.

So they are polling 4% to 5% worse than they were at the same stage as their 1st and 2nd terms in opposition.

And how were National one year into their third term in opposition?

They were polling 42.5%.

December public polls

January 12th, 2016 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

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Just done my monthly polling newsletter.

This graph of the last three years is quite telling. National is polling around 5% higher than three years ago and Labour around 5% lower.

A trick question poll

December 26th, 2015 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

The Guardian reports:

More than 530 Republican primary voters were polled this week on their support for Republican candidates and foreign policy issues including banning Muslims from entering the US, Japanese internment camps from the second world war and bombing Agrabah, the kingdom from Disney’s animated classic, Aladdin.

In its poll, Public Policy Polling asked the 532 Republicans: “Would you support or oppose bombing Agrabah?” While 57% of responders said they were not sure, 30% said they supported bombing it. Only 13% opposed it.

Public Policy Polling also polled Democratic primary voters: only 19% of them said they would support bombing Agrabah, while 36% said they would oppose it.

People are getting excited about this, but it doesn’t really say a lot except that people don’t like to admit they don’t know where a place is.

I suspect most respondents just thought Agrabah is a city in Syria. And the question was asked as a direct support/oppose. The majority of Republicans actually said they were not sure, which is what everyone should say.  Also of note is 19% of Democrats said they support bombing it.

Thomas Lumley at Stats Chat damns the poll question:

I’m pretty sure that less than 30% even of Republican voters really support bombing a fictional country. In fact, I’d guess it’s probably less than 5%. But think about how the question was asked.  You’re a stereotypical Republican voter dragged away from quiet dinner with your stereotypical spouse and 2.3 stereotypical kids by this nice, earnest person on the phone who wants your opinion about important national issues.  You know there’s been argument about whether to bomb this place in the Middle East. You can’t remember if the name matches, but obviously if they’re asking a serious question that must be the place they mean. And it seemed like a good idea when it was explained on the news. Even the British are doing it. So you say “Support”.

The 30% (or 19%) doesn’t mean Republicans (or Democrats) want to bomb Aladdin. It doesn’t even mean they want to bomb arbitrary places they’ve never heard of. It means they were asked a question carefully phrased to sound as if it was about a genuine geopolitical controversy and they answered it that way.

When Ali G does this sort of thing to political figures, it’s comedy. When Borat does it to unsuspecting Americans it’s a bit dubious. When it’s mixed in with serious opinion polling, it risks further damaging what’s already a very limited channel for gauging popular opinion.

I agree.

YouGov on why their UK polls were wrong

December 21st, 2015 at 10:00 am by David Farrar

YouGov have published why they think their polls were out in the UK election. Their conclusions:

The younger age range within the samples over-represent those who are more engaged in politics and are therefore more likely to vote. As younger people, they disproportionately supported Labour, so having too many young voters in our likely voter sample skewed the overall result towards Labour. We believe we had the party voting proportions for this age group correct but that fewer of them actually voted than our sample suggested. This can be corrected in the future in two ways: a) interviewing the correct proportion of people who are less interested in politics, and b) weighting the sample to the expected turnout for different demographic groups. The problem with both of these is that, unlike in the US where detailed exit poll data is publicly available, in the UK no detailed information is available by which we can know the correct target proportions for each age group. However, we can make better estimates of them.

Youth turnout is low almost everywhere. And if you only get to poll the politically motivated youth, then you will over-estimate their likely turnout.

In NZ the Electoral Commission has released turnout by age, so pollsters should be able to take this into account when weighting.

The oldest demographic group, the over-seventies, were under-represented in our samples. They voted disproportionately for the Conservatives, and having too few of them in our samples skewed it slightly against the Conservatives. This can be corrected in the future in two ways: a) interviewing the correct number of over-seventies, and b) weighting the over-seventies in our samples to the correct target weights.

Elderly people vote far more than younger voters.

In NZ only 62% of under 30s enrolled, voted. For over 65s it is over 85%.

One cannot discount misreporting (“shy Tories”), but we can find no direct evidence for it. In this election, polling showed dissonance between the outcome which people (in aggregate) said they wanted, and their underlying party preference. There was a strong overall preference for a Cameron-led government over an SNP-influenced government led by Labour leader Ed Miliband, although stated voting preferences would not have delivered that. It is possible that this led to some respondent misreporting, if people wanted to express their party preference and not their actual tactical vote, but it is impossible to establish this objectively as we can never know how individual respondents really voted.

This is that basically people changed their mind at the last minute as some Labour voters didn’t want Labour propped up by the SNP so chose Conservative as the lesser evil. Same in NZ where some left voters hated the idea of a Labour Government propped up by Kim Dotcom, so voted National.

Final poll for year has National at 51%

December 15th, 2015 at 6:18 am by David Farrar

I’ve blogged at Curia the results of the Herald DigiPoll which should be the final poll of 2015.

Their seat projection has National with 62 seats, enough to govern alone, and Labour/Greens on 47 seats.

The interesting comparison I like to make is with three years ago, as you are comparing similar points in the electoral cycle.

In the average of all polls, the change from December 2012 to December 2015 is:

  • National up 4.3%
  • Labour down 4.2%
  • Greens down 0.1%
  • NZ First up 1.5%

Final public poll for the year

December 11th, 2015 at 1:00 pm by David Farrar

Roy Morgan have released what is probably the final public poll for the year.

The seat projections on their poll are:

Centre-Left

  • Labour 34
  • Greens 16
  • Mana 0
  • CL 50

Centre

  • NZ First 7
  • Maori 2
  • C 9

Centre-Right

  • National 59
  • ACT 1
  • United Future 1
  • CR 61

Not bad for the start of the eight year of office.

Public Polls October 2015

November 11th, 2015 at 7:00 am by David Farrar

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The monthly newsletter is out:

There were two political voting polls in October – a Roy Morgan and a One News Colmar Brunton.

The average of the public polls has National 19% ahead of Labour in October, up 5% from September. The current seat projection is centre-right 61 seats, centre-left 50 which would see a National-led Government.

We show the current New Zealand poll averages for party vote, country direction and preferred PM compared to three months ago, a year ago, three years ago and nine years ago. This allows easy comparisons between terms and Governments.

In the United States a good month for Clinton and Carson. Biden’s withdrawal has seen Clinton gain 12% in primary polling and Ben Carson has gained 7% to be a dominant 2nd to Trump.

In the UK Jeremy Corbyn has a net approval rating of -19% after two months in the job.

In Australia Bill Shorten appears to be in serious trouble. Malcolm Turnbull has a +35% net approval rating while Bill Shorten is on -32%. Turnbull leads Shorten as Preferred PM by 63% to 17%.

In Canada no polls since the election. The polls were quite accurate but the seat projections were not.

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The NZ poll comparison is:

  9 years ago 3 years ago 1 year ago 3 months ago Last month This month
             
National 42% 45% 44% 46% 46% 49%
Labour 40% 32% 23% 32% 32% 30%
Greens 7% 12% 18% 13% 12% 12%
NZ First 3% 6% 7% 8% 7% 8%
Nat over Labour +3% +13% +21% +14% +14% +19%
Nat over Lab/Gre -5% +1% +4% +2% +2% +7%
             
Right Direction   49% 62% 51% 58% 53%
Wrong Direction   39% 25% 33% 30% 31%
Net Direction   +10% +37% +18% +28% +22%
             
Preferred PM            
National Leader 17% 42% 43% 40% 40% 40%
Labour Leader 33% 11% 12% 8% 10% 8%
NZ First Leader 4% 6% 5% 7% 6% 8%

Little lowest polling opposition leader one year in

October 20th, 2015 at 2:00 pm by David Farrar

I’be blogged the latest One News poll at Curia.

Andrew Little has been Opposition Leader for around a year now. So how is he polling as Preferred PM compared to other opposition leaders one year in? Here’s the list since MMP in 1996.

  1. John Key 33%
  2. Don Brash 20%
  3. Jenny Shipley 16%
  4. David Shearer 11%
  5. Bill English 10%
  6. David Cunliffe 10%
  7. Phil Goff 9%
  8. Andrew Little 8%

Latest poll

October 16th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

I’ve blogged the latest Roy Morgan poll at Curia. As usual, quite variable.

September Public Polls

October 6th, 2015 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

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Just published the monthly polling newsletter. The executive summary is:

There were three political voting polls in September – a Roy Morgan, a One News Colmar Brunton and a 3 News Reid Research.

 The average of the public polls has National 14% ahead of Labour in September, down 8% from August back to what it was in July. The current seat projection is centre-right 58 seats, centre-left 54 which would see NZ First holding the balance of power.

We show the current New Zealand poll averages for party vote, country direction and preferred PM compared to three months ago, a year ago, three years ago and nine years ago. This allows easy comparisons between terms and Governments.

In the United States Hillary Clinton’s favourability continues to drop, reaching -13%. Donald Trump also has falling favourability hitting -20%. Both Clinton and Trump remains the leaders in the polls for their nominations though.

In the UK Jeremy Corbyn faces considerable challenges with 32% of Labour voters saying they think David Cameron would be a better Prime Minister than Corbyn. Personal beliefs of Corbyn such as withdrawing from NATO have only 9% support. Also in a significant change there is now a plurality in favour of leaving the EU, in the wake of the refugee crisis.

In Australia Malcolm Turnbull has a honeymoon. The Coalition has gained a net 10% on the two party preferred vote. Turnbull has a net approval rating of +34% compared to his predecessor Abbott who had -33% and Opposition Leader Shorten on -25%.

In Canada a fairy dramatic change with the campaign underway, seeing the Conservatives gain 5% and retake the lead. However projections still have them well off getting a majority.

We also carry details of polls on the NZ Flag, private prisons, Labour Deputy Leadership, foreign investment, the TPP plus the normal business and consumer confidence polls.

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Public Polls August 2015

September 4th, 2015 at 4:00 pm by David Farrar

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Curia’s monthly newsletter is out. The summary is:

There were two political voting polls in August – a Roy Morgan and a NZ Herald DigiPoll

 The average of the public polls has National 22% ahead of Labour in August, up 8% from July. The current seat projection is centre-right 64 seats, centre-left 48 which would see National able to govern alone.

A new section shows the current New Zealand poll averages for party vote, country direction and preferred PM compared to three months ago, a year ago, three years ago and nine years ago. This allows easy comparisons between terms and Governments.

In the United States Donald Trump is polling at almost three times the level of the next highest polling contender in the Republican field. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton’s net favourability rating has dropped 7% in one month.

In the UK the refugee crisis in Europe appears to be impacting support for the UK staying within the EU. Net support for remaining has dropped from +20% to +7%. Jeremy Corbyn leads in the polls to become the next UK Leader.

In Australia Abbott’s approval ratings have plummeted this month and the Liberals and Labor are tied in polls for the Canning by-election despite the Liberals willing it by 24% in 2013.

In Canada the trial of suspended Senator Mike Duffy hurts Stephen Harper, as testimony about an alleged bribe from Harper’s former chief of staff is aired. The NDP continue to lead in the polls.

We also carry details of polls on the NZ Flag, future party leaders, private prisons, foreign house buyers, TPP plus the normal business and consumer confidence polls.

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The new section is also below:

 

9 years ago 3 years ago 1 year ago 3 months ago Last month This month
National 43% 44% 49% 50% 46% 51%
Labour 41% 32% 26% 29% 32% 29%
Greens 6% 14% 13% 11% 13% 10%
NZ First 4% 5% 5% 7% 8% 8%
Nat over Labour +2% +12% +23% +21% +14% +22%
Nat over Lab/Gre -4% -2% +10% +10% +2% +12%
Right Direction 50% 64% 63% 51% 54%
Wrong Direction 35% 25% 27% 33% 34%
Net Direction +15% +39% +36% +18% +20%
Preferred PM
National Leader 15% 45% 47% 44% 40% 40%
Labour Leader 37% 13% 12% 9% 8% 8%
NZ First Leader 4% 4% 5% 9% 7% 7%

Party Vote

National’s party vote is around the same as three months ago and a year ago. It is significantly higher than three years ago and 10% higher than Labour were at in Government nine years ago.

Labour’s party vote is up from a year ago and the same as three months ago. It is lower though than where they were at three years ago and 12% lower than where National were at in Opposition nine years ago.

The Green’s party vote is lower than it was a year ago and three years ago.

NZ First party vote is much the same as three months ago, but higher than a year ago and three years ago.

Country Direction

The net direction is greatly lower than three months ago and a year ago, but still positive. It is higher than the same time three years ago.

Preferred PM

Key’s Preferred PM rating is 3% higher than Helen Clark’s of nine years ago. It is lower though than where he was a year ago and three years ago.

Little’s Preferred PM rating of 8% is much the same as three months ago. It is however lower than David Cunliffe a year ago, and David Shearer 3 years ago. Comparing to National in Opposition nine years ago, it is around half the level Don Brash was at.

Peters’ Preferred PM rating is higher than a year ago, and three years ago.

Latest poll

August 26th, 2015 at 9:00 am by David Farrar

This morning’s Herald Digipoll is blogged at Curia.

The Herald story has demographic breakdowns of party support. These have a higher margin of error so caution is needed. However the gaps are so huge in some of them, it is worth commenting on.

The gap between National and Labour is:

  • 30% among men
  • 27% in Auckland
  • 35% among over 65s

When you can only get the support of one in four men, one in four Aucklanders and one in four retired NZers, you won’t be in Government.

Latest poll

August 21st, 2015 at 7:06 am by David Farrar

The latest Roy Morgan came out yesterday. I’ve blogged it at Curia.

As usual with Roy Morgan, it bounces around a lot, but shows National up 7.5% to 50.5%, Labour down 5% to 27% and Greens down 2% to 11%.