John Key's popularity has dived by 8.5 points in the
first political poll since Nicky Hager's book Dirty
was released, 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.
The figures do not necessarily reflect the party vote
standings which will be released in tomorrow's Herald.
National's party vote is traditionally a lot lower than Mr
Key's personal poll rating and Labour's party vote ratings
have been habitually higher than the personal ratings of Mr
Cunliffe and his two predecessors, David Shearer and Phil
Mr Hager released his book on August 13 and polling began the
day after that day.
Issues arising from the book have dominated political
coverage in the past week, namely what dealings Mr Key, his
advisers and Justice Minister Judith Collins had with
Whaleoil blogger Cameron Slater, who is renowned for his
Mr Key has been on the defensive continuously, initially over
Ms Collins sending personal details to Mr Slater of a public
servant she suspected of leaking information to the media.
The public servant was viciously attacked on the blog and
received death threats.
However the focus has turned to Mr Key himself and the issue
of the SIS giving Mr Slater preferential treatment in OIA
requests for documents that would be embarrassing for then
Labour leader Phil Goff.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is the third most
preferred Prime Minister at 5.1 points, and Greens co-leader
Russel Norman is the fourth most popular at 3.5 per cent.
Mr Key's results have landed him back at where he was for
most of this year in the mid 60s. His high rating in July
followed a Budget which was well received and a particularly
low patch for Mr Cunliffe following the "sorry for being a
Mr Cunliffe's popularity was highest last September, with
16.8, straight after the Labour leadership contest and they
steadily declined to 10.5 last month before rebounding today.
The Herald will be polling weekly up to the election on
PREFERRED PRIME MINISTER
John Key 64.8 (down 8.5)
David Cunliffe 14.6 (up 4.1)
Winston Peters 5.1 (down 0.4)
Russel Norman 3.5 (up 1.5)
David Shearer 1.5 (down 0.7)
Helen Clark 1.4 (up 0.9)
Jacinda Ardern 1 (-0.4)
Phil Goff 1 (up 0.7)
- By Audrey Young of the NZ Herald