Voters are split over whether Judith Collins she should
step down as a minister, a new political poll shows.
Results of a Colmar Brunton poll on TVNZ's Q + A programme
this morning showed 42 per cent of those surveyed supported
Ms Collins maintaining her ministerial portfolios. The same
amount of people believed her resignation as a minister was
in order, with the remaining amount unsure of what she should
Ms Collins took stress leave this week, following weeks of
criticism over her links with dairy company Oravida.
Unanswered questions over a dinner between Ms Collins,
Oravida bosses and an unnamed Chinese border control official
late last year have fuelled the conflict-of-interest affair.
Today's Colmar Brunton poll also showed 50 per cent of people
believed Ms Collins' behaviour had damaged the National
party's level of public support. Forty-two per cent of those
surveyed disagreed, and said her behaviour had not made any
Overall, the poll indicated voters seemed to be focused on
issues other than the National Party's ministerial woes.
Three in four of those surveyed said Ms Collins' Oravida
conflict-of-interest affair and the debacle resulting in
Pakuranga MP Maurice Williamson's abrupt resignation from the
party would not have much influence on their voting choice.
Ms Collins is due to return to Parliament for the Budget this
week, before resuming her stress leave.
The Colmar Brunton poll had a margin of error of 4.4 per