The latest Roy Morgan poll shows a significant narrowing of the gap between National and Labour.
National is now at 44% support (down 3.5) and Labour is up 4 to 38%.
There is some comfort in the knowledge that New Zealand First has only 2.5% support, down 4 points to the lowest they’e been for a year.
The Green Party got 8% support (up 0.5), Maori Party 3.5% (up 1.5), ACT NZ 1.5% (unchanged), United Future 1% (up 1) and others 1% (up 0.5).
It’s only one poll and the gap was going to tighten. But why it has when John Key showed he had both gumption and principles when he ruled Peters out of a National-led government; and while Helen Clark is bound tight to Peters; Labour is bulldozing through the Emissions Trading Scheme legislation; the economy is in recession and the party has still to announce any policy defies logic.
Like Fairfacts Media over at No Minister I’m gobsmacked.
[Update: Maybe we can take some hope from No Right Turn who reports on a poll which shows the Christian Heritage party which disbanded in 2006 got more support (.4%) than the Alliance and United.]
The Kiwi Party is holding its inaugural conference today and it has announced its first five priorities.
They are repealing the anti-smacking law; appointing a Royal Commission on child abuse; introduce binding referenda on controversial issues; increase the drinking age, clamp down on those who supply alcohol to under-age drinkers and establish faith based detox and rehabilitation centres; increase the minimum wage to $15; and invest in marriage preparation and relationship enrichment courses (which by my count is six priorities).
There are no surprises there. The big surprise would be if the party actually got in to parliament and history shows how difficult that would be. Party leader Gordon Copeland is only in parliament because Future New Zealand, the manifestation of the Christian party he was in at the time, was subsumed by the United Party.
The best result for a Christian party was the Christian Colaition’s 4.3% of the party vote in 1994. In 1999 Chirstian Heritage got 2.4% and Future New Zealand got 1.1%.
Three years later Christian Heritage got 1.4% and United Future NZ got 6.7% – but that was because the television worm liked its leader Peter Dunne and National was decimated.
At the last election United was down to 3% and Destiny got .6%.
MMP does enable wee parties to get in to parliament but no new party has got in without an electorate seat and I can’t see the Kiwi Party having a broad enough appeal to change that.