In a surprise poll result, voters have picked Shane Jones
ahead of Grant Robertson in the Labour Party leadership race,
while David Cunliffe remains the firm favourite.
Conducted by Research Now, the 3 News poll sampled 500 voters
from around the country, asking them to name their preferred
Labour leader from contenders Mr Cunliffe, Mr Robertson and
The results come as a surprise with 39.6 per cent of voters
saying Mr Cunliffe was their preferred party leader, 31.6 per
cent saying Mr Jones, while Mr Robertson trailed on 28.8 per
Among Labour voters, Mr Cunliffe's support was even stronger
with 45.6 per cent wanting him to be the next party leader,
Mr Jones was still in second place with 28.1 per cent and Mr
Robertson received 26.4 per cent support.
Prior to this poll, Mr Jones was seen by many as the rank
outsider in the race.
The poll also asked which of the three candidates John Key
should be most worried about.
Thirty four per cent of respondents said Mr Cunliffe, 16 per
cent said Mr Jones and 13 per cent Mr Robertson.
However, 37 per cent said Mr Key had nothing to worry about.