Covid-19 still dominates the news bulletins and there is only a shadowy outline of the political debate that will emerge in sharper focus as Christopher Luxon settles into the leadership of the National Party.
His supporters were encouraged by the bounce upward for National in the first sampling of public opinion since he took over. National rose to 33%, up 7%, in the Curia poll.
As Curia’s David Farrar noted, the overall gap between the centre-left and centre-right is basically unchanged at 6%, so the centre-right needs to pick up another 4% or so to be in a position to form a Government.
“The key difference to last month, is that people now want to hear from National, and both National and Labour are in the 30s.Also very noteworthy is Luxon’s ratings. He enters the Preferred PM ratings at 20% (Ardern 39%). That 20% rating is the highest outside an election period for any opposition leader (excluding Ardern’s six weeks) since John Key”.
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