Key blames edgy policy for poll drop
Sat, 16 Jun 2012 3:29p.m.
Prime Minister John Key says he expects the Government's poll rating to slip more in the next six months.
This was because the Government was doing some "edgy" things, like the partial sale of state assets, and because there were "lots of challenges out there".
But the Government was polling virtually at the same level as at the last election, Mr Key said on The Nation this morning.
"Since 2008 there has only been one European government that's been re-elected. That's the Germans."
He said British Prime Minister David Cameron was polling on 28 percent.
"In Australia, [Prime Minister Julia] Gillard's on her knees".
"We're the only incumbent government in four years that's held our numbers," he said.
In the past fortnight, polls by TV1 and TV3 show Mr Key's National party down four points.
"I think it will ease back a bit more frankly over the next six months," he said.
Watch the video for the full interview with John Key and press panel, with Alex Tarrant from interest.co.nz and John Hartevelt from Fairfax
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12/07/2012 12:12:28 p.m.
End of the dsy everybody has got it wrong.This country,as small as it is needs to become more like Switzerland and put it to the peoples vote on major issues,,,such as asset sales,ACC,Earthquake commisson,over seas investments and of course the most important sallerys and youth based employment groups. We need to be as 1 country and its not just for the millions left in Nz but also for the millions world wide waiting to come home to that country we all grew up in and loved 20 years ago...I say Put it to the people!
2/07/2012 5:09:30 p.m.
Who said he could sell State owned assetts?
Doesn't he work in our best interest as citizens?
Or do we work for him?
18/06/2012 12:55:19 a.m.
John M wrote:
So Key expects to lose popularity because most people don't agree with the asset sales but still intends to go ahead with them? Guess we can't say he's out of touch with the electorate.
17/06/2012 9:58:58 p.m.
Golly! NZ does look good..."A young couple from China ... can bring in four elderly parents who don't have to work here in the 10 years before they turn 65, yet they will all receive full New Zealand super," Mr Peters said."They will also have access to free healthcare and all other welfare entitlements that New Zealanders work hard for all their lives."
17/06/2012 1:54:26 p.m.
So there was no correspondence from his office but doesnt that make it worse. JoKey clearly had verbal interaction with Sky City and it seems that his office and advisors may have been excluded. Apart from that, the goalposts changed so if the other tenderers were aware that they may be able to start a competitive gaming casino, could they not have amended their bids accordingly. This would have caused both a fair process and also would have given Sky City the competition which the Nats claim to be good for business and the people. The whole deal is hypocritical and underhanded.
17/06/2012 1:53:03 p.m.
Key tends to claim Labour are on another Planet. Key seems to be in a totally different galaxy or a different universe to every one else.
17/06/2012 10:16:10 a.m.
NO. We see the two faced Fascist who will sell the Cow to buy the Milk. Talk about disconnected from hard working real Kiwi's what an A$$hole.
16/06/2012 5:32:25 p.m.
So our land, law and moral standards are for sale. Wouldn't mind a trip to planet labour myself...
16/06/2012 4:54:47 p.m.
How can Key say that the polls were the same as last elections?Aslo say that the Germans Germans germans Just because he is one,That they have been re elected.And how can a poll of another country!s statistics stack up with other countries when they are either larger or smaller than NZ.
16/06/2012 4:23:45 p.m.
Key didnt get in again because he had the countries support lol... god this idiot is so self involved and deluded.
He got in again because a third of the population stayed home on election day.... and even then his entire coalition only garnered 48.09 percent of the vote.
Enough to give him government... but nowhere near enough to claim he has a mandate for anything that he is doing.
As we are seeing with more and more protests under his watch.
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