August 2009 Cabinet Front Bench Blog Poll Results

We received  around 600 votes in this third unscientific blog poll on how readers perceive the front bench Ministers to be doing. The results are shown below in two ways.

Net Approval Ratings

This is the sum of those who said Very Good or Good less the sum of those who said Poor or Very Poor. The change from May 2009 ago is shown in brackets

  1. Judith Collins +51% (+14%)
  2. Chris Finlayson +47% (-5%)
  3. John Key +43% (-14%)
  4. Tony Ryall +43% (-4%)
  5. Simon Power +31% (-10%)
  6. Bill English +31% (-13%)
  7. Gerry Brownlee +12% (+6%)
  8. Anne Tolley +3% (-10%)
  9. Nick Smith -15% (-7%)

Collins and Brownlee have had their net approval improve from May. All others have dropped. Remember it is not necessarily the same people voting each time – this is not scientific. Nick’s rating I suspect partly reflects his holding of the climate change portfolio.

Overall six of the nine frontbench Ministers continue to have very strong approval ratings from readers.

Weighted Average

The other measure is a weighted average which takes account of if people said they were very good or just good etc. Basically it assigns a value of 100% for a VG, 75% for a G, 50% for an average, 25% for a P and 0% for a VP. The overall weighted averages are:

  1. Judith Collins 73% (+7%)
  2. Chris Finlayson 68% (-3%)
  3. John Key 68% (-8%)
  4. Tony Ryall 67% (-3%)
  5. Simon Power 61% (-5%)
  6. Bill English 60% (-6%)
  7. Gerry Brownlee 53% (+3%)
  8. Anne Tolley 49% (-4%)
  9. Nick Smith 43% (-1%)

Now again these are not scientific, and only reflect the particular preferences of Kiwiblog readers who participated.

I expect to do the fourth blog poll around November 2009.

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