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Support for New Zealand's ruling Labour Party has taken a hit amid a prolonged lockdown in Auckland and questions surrounding the government's handling of the latest outbreak of Covid-19 Delta variant.

  • A survey commissioned by right-leaning lobby group the Taxpayers' Union and conducted by Curia Market Research showed that support for Labour dipped 6pp to 39.3%. The main opposition National Party rose 3.7pp to 26.2%. Support for ACT was stable at 15.9%, while the Greens gained 2.2pp and were backed by 8.6% of respondents.
  • Jacinda Ardern remains by far the most preferred Prime Minister, but the share of people who named her as their favourite candidate shrank by 13.2pp to 34%. In addition, the assessment of the direction in which the country is headed turned net negative.
  • Separately, NZ Herald reported that leaked results of Talbot Mills Research poll showed that support for Labour fell 5pp to 41%, the lowest level since before the pandemic reached New Zealand. Support for Ardern as the preferred Prime Minister fell 4pp to 47%. Furthermore, the approval rate of the government's handling of Covid-19 fell from 60% last month to 46%.
MNI London Bureau | +44 203-865-3806 | krzysztof.kruk@marketnews.com
MNI London Bureau | +44 203-865-3806 | krzysztof.kruk@marketnews.com

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