Shearer favoured, but only just
Mon, 05 Nov 2012 9:31p.m.
Voters think Labour leader David Shearer is the most effective opposition leader, but only just.
A TV One opinion poll released on Monday night showed Mr Shearer favoured by 25 percent of respondents, with NZ First leader Winston Peters just behind him on 24 percent.
Green Party co-leader Russel Norman rated 18 percent and Mana's Hone Harawira six percent.
The Green Party's other co-leader, Metiria Turei, was on five percent while 10 percent of those questioned didn't think any of them were effective.
Mr Shearer, who hopes to be the next prime minister, says Mr Peters has been in politics a lot longer than he has.
"I've only been in the job for a few months and people don't know me as well, it's as simple as that," he said.
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9/11/2012 10:04:54 p.m.
anyone would be better than key .
6/11/2012 4:29:26 p.m.
Daniel Lang wrote:
Labour wanted a reasonable CGT of 15%, and for GST to be removed from fresh fruits and veges. If people voted on party policy alone, like Bruce is saying, these ideas would have been played up significantly in the media, rather than most media focusing on personalities and therefore influencing election outcome.
6/11/2012 3:01:44 p.m.
@BRUCE Wrote: "If voters based their opinions on party policy. I strongly feel National would not be government today. It's a strong indication of political naivety."I dont agree Bruce as last October the people of NZ were given two options to consider: (1) Labour campaigned on Capital Gains Taxes, removing GST off food and raising the entitlement age for receiving pensions. (2) National campaigned on a single issue ie the Seling of 49% of some state owned assets. The Voters looked at what was offered and voted the Nats back in by about 2 to 1 to Labour. Just because the vote did not suit you does not mean a strong indication of political naivety by the voters, but I have a strong feeling there was definitely political naivety displayed by the Labour party as I ask: "Who were they targeting with their policies????"
6/11/2012 9:45:24 a.m.
It's a sad reflection on New Zealanders increasing political naivety when the majority of NZers continue to vote and base their political party opinions on the personality of who is leading certain political parties. When I first began to vote during the 70's NZ voters based their opinions on party policy, not the personality of that parties leader. I still always base my opinion and vote on party policy. Not personalities. If voters based their opinions on party policy. I strongly feel National would not be government today. It's a strong indication of political naivety.
6/11/2012 9:30:56 a.m.
Russel Norman is more correct.
6/11/2012 8:11:11 a.m.
I agree CB. I think Shearer is a breath of fresh air in politics. He might even get back those voters who don’t believe any politicians and therefore don’t vote.
5/11/2012 10:59:21 p.m.
I think Mr Shearer has the correct idea. i.e, don't jump on every band wagon to score cheap points or sound bites, but choose the important issues carefully and truthfully like a real gentleman and statesman. The public and the journalists are not used to that style. There are still 2 years to the next election. Being MMP with several opposition parties, his media exposure is limited and divided between those other party leaders. Mr Shearer will get there slowly, steadily and smartly. He WILL be the next PM without a doubt. Watch the trend in the coming polls and the predictions on i-predict for a 'left leaning government' to emerge. Be patient. The NAT government and Banks will be gone burgers for certain.
5/11/2012 10:18:24 p.m.
25 percent is actually reasonable, given that they got 28 percent of the votes in the last election. But if there was too much more of a discrepancy between Labour's percentage of voters and those who think Shearer is an effective opposition leader, I'd start to get worried.
5/11/2012 10:12:22 p.m.
Shearer, you must make yourself seen and heard through the media now and right up to the next election. Regardless, I will still vote Labour.
5/11/2012 9:52:11 p.m.
The people Mr Shearer have got to know you enough to know you are ineffective and are leaving the party in droves. Personally I like to see a leader in opposition that can lead and score against the govt when needed. No one will ever get to know you unless you start to lead and Ive made my mind up you are not the man Ill be voting for
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