New Zealand Opposition Leader Slides to New Low in Newshub Poll

The leader of New Zealand’s main opposition Labour Party, Andrew Little, has seen his popularity slump to a new low ahead of next year’s election.

Just 8.9 percent of respondents to a Newshub-Reid Research poll published Tuesday chose Little as their preferred prime minister, his lowest ranking ever and down 1.5 percentage points from the previous survey, Newshub said. Winston Peters, the leader of the smaller populist New Zealand First Party, scored higher with 12.1 percent, while Prime Minister John Key was preferred by 36.7 percent -- his lowest since being first elected in 2008.

The poll is bad news for Little ahead of a general election due in late 2017. He has struggled to revive Labour’s fortunes since taking the helm in 2014, after the party suffered its worst election result since 1922.

Key’s ruling National Party was steady on 47 percent support in the poll, compared with 31.3 percent for Labour. The Green Party had 11.1 percent and New Zealand First was on 7.8 percent, Newshub said. National governs with the support of several small parties under New Zealand’s proportional representation electoral system.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

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