Act party leader David Seymour on obtaining the Covid-19 vaccine. Video / Mark Mitchell

A new poll put Act on 16 percent, just six points behind National Party support and with growing support for its leader.

Talbot Mills Research released its monthly New Zealand Insight survey of its customers this week, showing Labor at 46% (up one point from September), national at 22% (down four points), Act up three points to 16 and the Greens one to 7 percent.

NZ First, which reached 5% in the series in July, has since fallen to 3.8%. Te Pati Maori, at 1.9% in October, has hovered around 2% for most of this year.

Formerly known as UMR, the polling company is best known for its research for the Labor Party, but it also provides some of its research to corporate clients.

Talbot Mills also provides a survey for the Herald on Kiwi perceptions about vaccination.

Support for the law has risen sharply in a number of polls in recent months. A month ago, a poll by Curia (National’s long-standing polling company) for the taxpayers’ union had a law on 14.9 percent, while National was on 21.2 percent.

The Taxpayers Union is expected to release another poll today.

The Talbot Mills document, seen by the Herald, said the fieldwork for his last poll took place between September 28 and October 5, with an online survey of what he said was a sample national representative of more than 1,200 New Zealanders.

It showed that Act’s rise to power in supporting the party was also reflected in the support of its leader, David Seymour, as preferred prime minister. Seymour was the preferred prime minister of 16% of those polled, 7 percentage points ahead of Judith Collins.

Jacinda Ardern remains the preferred prime minister of 51% of those polled, although her support has gradually waned from the highs of 65% she reached at the start of the Covid-19 pandemic.

New Zealanders still generally think the country is heading in the right direction, with 63% of respondents saying they think New Zealand is on the right track, while 30% said it is on the right track. wrong way.

The gap is narrowing; in March, 78% said the country was on the right track, while only 13% said it was on the wrong track.

For the first time this year, more New Zealanders believe economic conditions are deteriorating. When asked about economic conditions in New Zealand, 45% said they were either “good” or “excellent”, while 53% said they were “bad” or “not very good”.

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This notice was published: 2021-10-13 19:58:45


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