It seems the illogical lockdown of New Zealand’s largest city Auckland, which has been under heavy restriction since 18 August despite low cases and only two deaths, is finally denting Prime Minister Jacinda Ardren’s popularity.
According to a new Roy Morgan Poll, the New Zealand Government Confidence Rating has plummeted to its lowest rating since Jacinda Ardren became Prime Minister in late 2017:
The Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating dropped by 15.5pts in October to 109.5 to be at its lowest since Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern came to office four years ago in October 2017. The drop in Government Confidence came after the Auckland lockdown was extended throughout October.
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In October only 48% (down 9% points) of New Zealand electors said New Zealand was ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 38.5% (up 6.5% points) who said New Zealand was ‘heading in the wrong direction’.
The latest ANZ-Roy Morgan Consumer Confidence Rating was down by 6.5pts to 98…
The Ardern Government is also losing electoral support:
The governing parties are now only 6% points ahead of the Parliamentary opposition National/Act NZ/ Maori Party on 44%, up 3% points since September. The increase was driven by a rise in support for National, up by 3% points to 26%. Act NZ was unchanged at a record high of 16% and support for the Maori Party was unchanged at 2%.
A small minority of 6% of electors support other minor parties outside Parliament with support for New Zealand First up 1% point to 2.5%, The Opportunities Party down 0.5% points to 1% and support for the New Conservative Party is at 1.5% in October.
According to Michelle Levine, CEO of Roy Morgan Research, Kiwis are growing increasingly tired of lockdowns:
“Today’s Roy Morgan New Zealand Poll shows New Zealanders appear to finally be growing weary of using lockdowns to stop the spread of COVID-19 with the country now achieving high rates of vaccination. As of this week 87% of the eligible population has had at least one vaccine dose and 72% of the eligible population is now fully vaccinated”….
“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has flagged a significant decrease in restrictions will take place when 90% of the eligible population aged 12+ is fully vaccinated which is likely to occur in early December.
“This strict benchmark could well see support continue to drift away from the governing Labour party over the next two months as countries such as neighbouring Australia open up more fully to domestic and international travel in November.”
As I noted on Tuesday, over 85% of eligible Auckland residents are fully vaccinated, while around 95% have had at least one dose. There has also only been two deaths in this outbreak out of around 3700 cases, one of which was a 90+ year old already in end of life care at home and the other a 50 year old with underlying health conditions.
At what point will Aucklanders say “enough is, enough” and revolt against Jacinda Ardern’s draconian restrictions?
Aucklanders must be looking across the pond at Sydney and Melbourne and wondering what the hell is going on?
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