Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a rise in support for Prime Minister John Key’s National Party to 43.5% (up 2% since September 24 – October 7, 2012). Support for Key’s Coalition partners shows the Maori Party 3.5% (up 2%), ACT NZ 0.5% (unchanged) and United Future 0% (down 0.5%).
Support for Labour is 29% (down 4.5%); Greens are 13% (down 0.5%), New Zealand First 7.5% (up 1%), Mana Party 0.5% (up 0.5%), Conservative Party of NZ 2% (unchanged) and Others 0.5% (unchanged).
How can this be? Maybe it's got something to do with David Shearer's bungled attempt to smear John Key and senior management at the GCSB using the Shearer Burden of Proof.
New Zealanders don't like dirty politics. They sent that message to Labour in 2008, and again in 2011. Now almost all the gains that Labour has made in the last year after its worst ever performance under MMP have been squandered through one gaffe by the leader.
Norm Kirk swept Labour to power in 1972 with the slogan "It's Time For a Change". We wonder if the winds of change are gathering strength in the Labour caucus room, and if the ABC's are about to hold their noses and do the unthinkable.