It’s not scientific, but commentator Jennifer Lees-Marshment said to her surprise, Judith Collins was the better communicator in the first leaders’ debate:
“Ardern, who is normally the really effective communicator, was speaking like a typical Prime Minister at the end of their third term, not first, lots of big numbers, lots of big words, lots of complex communication, whereas Collins was much more effective at communication, more relateable and more empathetic.
“And Ardern seemed to lack passion, it came out right at the end, but for most of the debate we kept discussing, where’s the passion where’s the heart?”
1 NEWS political editor Jessica Mutch McKay agreed, saying it was captured in a question from Auckland schoolgirl Aigagalefili Fepulea’i Tapua’i, who spoke about kids in South Auckland having to leave school to support their families.
“Judith Collins came in with the answer relating to her husband and really spoke from the heart and quite naturally and quite passionately.
“When Jacinda Ardern came in second, it almost felt like an echo of what happened before.” . .
The full debate video is here.