Bridges clocks lowest Newshub-Reid poll rating of any National leader for a decade

National leader Simon Bridges: so far struggling to make an impact in the preferred PM rankings

A post-Budget poll by Reid Research for Newshub has found neither major party has moved significantly.

NZ First continues to be well under 5%, which would leave the Green Party as the kingmaker if an election was tomorrow (which of course it won't be; NZ First support always ticks up around actual ballots).

Simon Bridges is on 9% in the preferred prime minister stakes, the lowest rating for any National leader over the past 10 years of Reid polling. It compares to John Key's preferred prime minister rating of 24% in his first Reid poll after taking over as the leader, and Bill English's 25% at the same point.

Judith Collins, recently in the news for outing Transport Minister Phil Twyford for a pre-flight phone call, appears on Reid's radar for the first time with a preferred PM rating of 3.7%.

Jacinda Ardern's preferred PM rating is 40.2%.

Winston Peters, who will take over as acting prime minister after the 'First Baby' arrives, slips to 4.6%.

A Reid poll taken shortly before the election put then National leader Bill English on 33.1%, Ms Ardern on 33.7% and Mr Peters on 6.9%.

Mr Bridges began a nationwide tour, which has a schedule of 70 town hall meetings, on May 3.

The post-budget 2018 poll of 1000 eligible voters (750 interviewed by phone, 250 online) has a margin of error of 3.1%.

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After attending one of Simon's sessions I wrote to him and expressed my disappointment with his delivery. His reply was he could not understand why I was disenchanted but Simon made a statement saying he would go back to university given the chance. He made an issue of his qualifications but he contributed little to what National might do when in power.

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Don't knock his 9% as after Jacinda, Simon is the best asset Labour has for the next election.

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National have no show until they have a full clean out from the past refine.
Our should go Paula Bennett, Gerry Brownlee, Nathan Guy and David Carter

Judith Collins should be deputy and a strong and credible one she would be. She would form a very formidable team with Bridges.

Collins will never take National into government as leader. She has too much history and the swinging 10% of the voters are too conservative for such a right wing leader.

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Hi Scribe do you mean "out should go"?

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Simon Bridges needs to learn basic English pronunciation. To sound like someone from Hicksville turns off a lot of voters. I hope he will, because mainstream New Zealanders will identify with his pro-life stances - (that is his defence of unborn children and of anti-euthanasia ,the protection of the elderly.)

What he will have to watch out for Is a bored and mischievous media aiming to unseat him - both for the above reasons and because the media likes to create situations like this. It sells newspapers and feeds egos.

And, of course ,as always the knives are out among the ambitious party hierarchy.

Dig in, Simon. Get some decent speech lessons and stick to your principles.

But what a good example of the sheer dumbing down of New Zealand education that basic English pronunciation stopped being taught to New Zealand children some decades ago - so that even those with what should have been the advantage of a university education mangle the English language. Cringe making.

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Ah, the good ol' beauty contest polls. Always taken with a grain of salt!

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I got polled, I remember Simon from University, he was a standout for all the wrong reasons.

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At least feedback from people who knew him seems consistent, in my experience.

Perhaps his rating suggests people are accurately perceiving the real Simon, that's all.

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He's just a caretaker leader until the crusher takes over.

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bridges is the only reason the crusher would ever get into leadership.
She has far too much history both in and out of Parliament.
Bridges is hopeless but right at the moment "does it really matter".
Ardern will shoot herself in the foot anytime , then Bridges will be of some importance.
Until hen it does not matter.who is National leader.

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Wishful thinking

Ardern will get better with more experience - don't forget less than a year ago she was not even leader of the Labour party. The more Bennett performs like a clown as deputy the less likely Bridges will gain any voter traction.

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Get better at what ? Duping the gullible with unachievable promises ?

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Make up your mind!

By associating PM Jacinda Ardern with "Duping the gullible" you are obliquely crediting her with skills smarmily perfected by the 'Key,Joyce,English' administration over almost a decade.

One of Rt Hon Jacinda Ardern's strongest attributes in her role as New Zealand's Prime Minister is her refreshing Authenticity. And we the grass-roots citizens of New Zealand are becoming more and more appreciative of it!

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Now that she is back in the real world Paula Bennett is gradually coming to realize that her former role as a pugnacious pawn does not sit well with the proletariat.

By publicly offering gratuitous insult to our internationally respected Prime Minister, and subsequently going to some lengths to degrade the status of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ms Bennett has brought into question the role our Parliament.

Democracy relies on reasoned debate - not entirely without disruption - but it should be recognized that repetitive, orchestrated incidence of pugnacious disruption has no place in Functioning Democracy.

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Hes a rare breed all right. Successful man with a stable family and conservative values.
Having survived a systemic culling is likely highly understated.

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Rare breed alright

He just lost another 2% in the polls this morning by saying on morning TV that the abortion law should be maintained and that he thinks it should remain in the Crimes Act.

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Judith Collins is the Best choice for National Leader. Judith is the only one with strong leadership to attack and defeat Jacinder.

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How about Collins as leader of a rebranded Act? National are always going to be Labour Lite.

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JC is the only way to defeat Lucinder ! Go Judith Collins !

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Simon who?

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Bridges comment on removing abortion from the crimes act post the irish result, displays just how out of touch and foolish he is .
He backs the losing side when there was no need too.
I am surprised he can walk given how many feet he has stuffed down his throat.

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So what you're saying is you would prefer your leaders to be populists rather than have any principles of their own? Rule by referendum

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I would be interested to know how many pollies reall have ANY principles, they just do what big business tells them to do

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Its just a no win position that will cause him damage
I question the logic of doing that .

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So I guess what you are now saying is that less than 9% of the voting population would be against leaving the law as it is? That's a big call. Abortion is a hugely complex issue. Sadly most people don't seem to see that and buy into the idea it is either about the rights of women to make decisions about their body or it is about the primary right to life of the unborn child. Both positions take a very narrow view when there are wider issues involved. The current law was a compromise between those competing highly polarised viewpoints and has resulted in NZ avoiding the kinds of things (like attacks on abortion clinics) that have been common place in the US. The trend isn't always your friend.

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Too proudful for my liking. Lingering image of him reclining in a chair, grinning like the cat who got the cream. And he'd just been elected as a first-term MP.

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And yet National's share of the vote has actually increased during a period when one would expect the coalition to have strong support. My impression is that Simon has a less dictatorial style than some other leaders. It is possible that the emphasis on team over leader will bear fruit in the long run.

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Labour has much more support than on election day whereas National is about the same. NZFirst is way down of course because apart from Shane Jone's regional slush fund they have failed to do anything their voters expected them to - like substantially lowering immigration.

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The big problem with NZ First is that half of their supports expects them to side with Labour; and half with the Nats. It isn't surprising that, after they have sided with Labour, their polling numbers have halved. The slightly worrying thing is that it hasn't reflected as an increase in Nats numbers - which means that an equal amount of the Nats support has shifted to Labour.

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I see that Mr. Bridges is the son of a Baptist minister, I wonder if his father ever preached on Proverbs 22:7 (The BORROWER is SLAVE to the LENDER) and about Jesus throwing the moneychangers out of the temple. A modern day version would be throwing the banksters out of the Beehive. i also see that Mr. Bridge describes himself as "a compassionate conservative" (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compassionate_conservatism) apparently a term used by George Bush, David cameron and John Key to describe themselves.
Mr. Bridges will be "Communicating with Communities" in Kerikeri on 7th. June. Interestingly, the signs on the highway between Paihia and Kerikeri state that the meeting will start at 10AM, with no time limit, while the website, "https://www.national.org.nz/kerikeri_come_meet_simon_bridges" states that it will be from 3PM-4PM-1 hour only. I wonder who will be disappointed, the "earlies" or the "lates." If the meeting does start at 10AM,
it would appear that he is not appealing to the "workers" from 3-4 might get some workers, but both time would appear more attractive to the retiree community of Kerikeri.

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Bridges comment on removing abortion from the crimes act post the irish result, displays just how out of touch and foolish he is .
He backs the losing side when there was no need too.
I am surprised he can walk given how many feet he has stuffed down his throat.

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You make it sound so simple. A couple of questions for you to consider. Is it a crime to kill a 2 year old through neglect (because after all it remains totally dependent on its carers) or to kill a newborn baby? Is it a crime to kill a baby as it is being delivered? Is it a crime to kill a foetus 8 months along its gestation period or 7 or 6? Please explain to me your thinking on these issues. Do you consider any of these to be crimes and if you do on what exact day does the position move from non crime to crime?

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Over time Labour/Greens will get offside with the voting working class by extorting more taxes for their welfare follies, Simon should not open his mouth until he understands how a meaning full opposition party functions

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Simon Bridges is the scapegoat leader, similar to Phillin Goof was for Labour - the Nats will dump all their dirty laundry on his back and sent him off into the desert when the time is right.

Judith Collins will be the Nats leader at the next election. If not, Labour will win again & NZ will be severely damaged.

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Exactly!

And one would wonder at the nature of the forces behind such patient, low-key manipulation. Aside, of course, from certain Blog Sites that cultivate their own interpretation of New Zealand's censorship laws by arbitrarily censoring unwelcome comment without offering any explicit reason.

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I'm sure Simon Bridges was fully aware his position would be short term when he took up the role.

Votes within a party are what choose a leader - unless it's Labour, in which case the unions have a habit of overruling the party. Blogs are nothing more than advertising for their favourite candidates, regardless of a how inflated a view of their influence certain bloggers may hold.

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What an astonishing amount of trolling and bile. Nobody remembers how Helen Clarke polled before she was PM. She was very successful I seem to remember. Of course that is the problem with these kind of comments they don't hurt Simon Bridges but do highlight the petty spiteful natures that exist behind some smiling faces. Its the kick the cat when you get home after a bad day at work response. I guess. The heading is pretty silly too. John Key became leader more than 10 years ago and was PM most of that time so I guess the heading was just to get the toad stills to appear and write comments. Shame on you Chris.

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It's the modern equivalent of waving the white flag, you see the sense but lacking the words to adequately join the discussion, you resort to labeling the participants.

The words "trolling and bile" belong on blog sites, not here.

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Perhaps then you should try writing on blogs where you clearly have an aptitude. I don't see any arguments here just personal attacks. I know it has probably escaped your attention but National is polling at 45% very nearly half the people. This shows Mr Bridges isn't doing to bad if not among the Beltway swaggerers.

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OK. Truce. Good night.

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