The latest Newshub-Reid research poll* shows the Covid-19 pandemic has propelled Labour into a position where it could
govern alone. It has climbed to 56.5% - an increase of 14 percentage points. The pandemic has dealt National a
devastating blow, falling to 30.6% - down 12.7 percentage points on our last poll**.
Labour’s popularity has also cost its coalition partners. New Zealand First is down 0.9 percentage points to record 2.7%
support - not enough to return to Parliament. The Greens are holding reasonably steady at 5.5%, while Act is rock solid
Jacinda Ardern has soared as preferred Prime Minister - up an astounding 20.8 percentage points to 59.5%. That makes her
the most popular Prime Minister in the poll’s history. Simon Bridges’ popularity has crashed to 4.5% - down by 6.1
percentage points - but still ahead of Judith Collins who is on 3.1%.
Newshub Political Editor Tova O’Brien says “We have never seen anything like the results in our latest Newshub-Reid
Research Poll but the country’s never experienced anything quite like Covid-19. These are extraordinary numbers for
extraordinary times and the implications of this poll will be far-reaching for every party in Parliament."
*The latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll was conducted between 8-16 May 2020. 1000 people were surveyed, 700 by telephone and 300 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1 percent.
**The previous Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted between January 23 and February 1 with a sample size of 1000
eligible voters and a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.