A poll taken before Judith Collins resigned from the Cabinet last week suggests that a majority of voters, even then, did not want her back as a minister if National was to be re-elected on September 20. The Herald-DigiPoll survey asked what Prime Minister John Key should do with Judith Collins if National won a third term. The response: 51.6 per cent said give her no ministerial role; 25.5 per cent said give her a less senior role than she had; and only 12.6 per cent thought she should keep the Justice portfolio or a similarly senior role.
John Key's popularity has dived by 8.5 points in the first political poll since Nicky Hager's book Dirty Politics was released, according to a Herald DigiPoll survey. Mr Key is still well ahead of Labour Leader David Cunliffe but Mr Cunliffe has jumped by 4.1 points. Mr Key is preferred Prime Minister by 64.8 per cent, compared with Mr Cunliffe on 14.6 per cent. The figures do not necessarily reflect the party vote standings which will be released in tomorrow's Herald.
Christmas has taken a back seat to the election as people appear to be looking forward to the gift of government. In the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey, 35 per cent of voters deemed September's general election the most interesting event of the year.
The Greens are the first party to name their contenders for the September election, issuing a draft list which favours youthful candidates.
On the basis of the Herald-Digipoll survey published today, 17 Green candidates would get into Parliament.
New Zealanders are split down the middle over dual proposals to cut a tunnel or monorail track through parts of Fiordland which contain some of the country's greatest walking tracks.
A Herald-DigiPoll survey found that nearly half of respondents supported the projects, one of which would create a 11.3km road tunnel between Queenstown and Milford Sound and the other a 41km monorail track. The same amount of respondents opposed them.
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