The latest New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union-Curia poll was carried out between February 1-7, a period dominated by two political events – Waitangi Day and shock resignations inside the Green Party.
On January 16 – two weeks before the start of the polling period – MP Golriz Ghahraman announced she was quitting Parliament after she was accused of shoplifting from two different boutique stores.
Then on January 30, James Shaw announced his resignation as co-leader of the Green Party.
There was also the tumultuous lead-up to Waitangi Day on February 6, with widespread protests and marches.
ACT’s proposed Treaty Principles Bill, which aims to define the principles of the Treaty of Waitangi, has become the focal point of Māori discontent with the coalition Government.
But this backlash doesn’t appear to have hampered National or ACT, with the poll showing major gains for the right.
According to the poll, National is up 2.6 points since November to 39.6 percent. ACT is up 5.6 points to 13.7 percent – which would allow the two parties to govern together without New Zealand First.
Labour dropped a marginal 0.4 points to 27.9 percent, while the Greens were down substantially to 9.0 percent – a drop of 4.8 points.
Among the smaller parties, NZ First was down 1 point to 5 percent, Te Pāti Māori was on 2.3 percent – a drop of 1.1 percentage points, and others combined were on 2.5 percent.