There’s several fascinating aspects to it.
- Party Vote is Maori Party 48%, Labour 26% and National 20%. Now in the 2008 election, in the Maori seats, the party vote was Maori Party 29%, Labour 50% and National 7%. Now this can’t be directly compared due to inclusion of general roll voters (I have asked if there is a breakdown) but regardless that a big boost upwards for the Maori Party and National.
- Maori Party at 57% on electorate vote. Will this hold up for them to win the sixth and seventh seat off Labour?
- John Key at seven times the support of Phil Goff as Preferred PM. This is a National Party leader. Goff is in 5th place amongst Maori.
- Approval of John Key is at 55% amongst Maori.
- In terms of most effective Maori MP, the top Labour MP (Parekura Horomia) is at 3%, in 5th place.
- While 68% of Maori Party supporters back the decision to go into Government with National, most want them to be in Cabinet – not Ministers outside Cabinet.
I’ve said for some time that Labour’s strategy of attacking the Maori Party is a strategic blunder. This poll confirms it, in my opinion.