Well that didn’t take long. Hot on the heels of the Morgan poll comes the TV3 poll (a.k.a. the accurate one) showing the gap between Labour and National halving, to six per cent (45% to 39%, with the Greens on 6.8%).
The key may be in the responses to the question, “who do you trust to best manage New Zealand for the next three years?”
“Labour and Michael Cullen just won that battle with 42.7 percent. National and Bill English were a close second, with 41.2 percent.”
When we last had an economic “meltdown” of this magnitude, the voters went initially with the conservatives, a cautious response to the economic turmoil. As in the US, the election looks to be turning on the question of who it is that voters feel safest with.
If so, after the bungled tax package, expect the next poll (done after today) to be worse for National, not better.
[Hat-tip to ak for “loveable rogues.]