Looks like the ‘I told you so’ express is right on time…
Poll shock: Labour, Shearer take dive as Nats roll on
Voter support for Labour and its leader, David Shearer, has slumped in the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey.
The party has lost 5.5 percentage points since March, and Mr Shearer is down 6.1 points as preferred Prime Minister.
National’s support has barely moved and it is still polling high at 48.8 per cent of decided voters.
Prime Minister John Key is preferred Prime Minister for 65.2 per cent, up 2.6 points on his last rating.
How the flying Christ can Labour be down when this Government manage to self-mutilate themselves every single week? It’s because Labour have in Shearer a leader who simply has not managed to perform convincingly in any of his media interviews and who is only holding onto leadership because the faction around him are blocking any change.
So what’s the good news? The landline Herald Digi Poll is the same one that claimed Banks and Brown were neck and neck – in short it’s about as good at predictng public opinion as Ken Ring is at predicting earthquakes. Landline polls accentuate the middle class bias of having a landline (it’s why the Green Party always over perform in these polls as well – there’s no one as middle class as the Greens), but even if one takes that bias into account, this Poll is still a shocker meltdown for Labour.
Don’t worry though, because this is all far worse for Grant Robertson. There seems to be a deep belief within the factions that they will all put up with Shearer until he loses next year and then allow for a leadership coup. I call bullshit on that. If the careerist members of the Labour Party are willing to throw the next election and trap NZ under another 3 years of grinding inequality they don’t deserve to be in Parliament.
Those MPs of Robertson’s faction will not be allowed to forget they backed up and supported a weak leader and were too spineless to show any leadership.
At some stage Grant Robertson has to call David Cunliffe and build a better Labour Party now. If Key wins the next election, his policy changes become entrenched and even if the left win 2017, all they will be doing after 3 terms of National is stem the hemorrhaging rather than advance their own policy agenda.
Pick up the phone and dial Mr Robertson, the country needs a functioning Opposition and Shearer simply isn’t providing it.
What else can one expect when the most vocal supporters for David Shearer are the entire Herald editorial team, Whaleoil, John Armstrong, Favid Farrar and Fran O’Sullivan?