The Dominion-Post leads this morning with the news that National (52%) still holds an 18 point lead over Labour (34%). Labour may take comfort from the margin having narrowed since February, but the associated polls make grim reading for the government. Read it all here:
On economic management, just 33% of those polled trust Labour against 46% for National. But most alarming in the finding that one in ten New Zealanders are considering a move across the Tasman. If that's not ringing alarm bells in the corridors of power, it should be!
So that's four polls out in the last week, all of which have Labour at levels of support below 40%, from a high of 38% on the 3News poll to a low of 34% with Fairfax. That suggests to me that Labour has alienated roughly two-thirds of the electorate, and as the so-called "winter of discontent" kicks in with food and fuel prices rampant and the threat of power shortages looming, it's hard to see how Labour can turn this trend around. Methinks they wwill need far more than just attacks on John Key and systemic rorts of the EFA!