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Taxpayers’ Union Curia poll: How is Christopher Luxon rating?

Exclusive to members and supporters, we can reveal the results of the fourth monthly Taxpayers’ Union Curia Poll – the first scientific poll since Christopher Luxon took over as National Party Leader.

Here are the headline results:

Party vote trend

Party

Support

Change from last month

Labour

39.5%

↑0.2

National

32.6%

↑6.4

Greens

10.9%

↑2.3

ACT

10.6%

↓5.3

Māori

3.0%

↑0.7

NZ First

2.3%

↑0.6

Other

1.1%

↓5.0

In short, National's change in leadership has seen a significant bump in support for the Party, but a corresponding drop-off in support for ACT has left the centre-left parties in a strong position.

Note that both the centre-right and centre-left blocs are up. This can be attributed the reduction in the "Other" vote.

Here is how these results would translate to seats in Parliament:

Seats

Just like the TV polls, our pollsters do not read out options to participants to choose their preferred Prime Minister – we just include those who are named as preferred by more than a few people in the random sample of one thousand voters. Here are the updated preferred Prime Minister ratings, shown over time:

PPM

Preferred Prime Minister

December 2021

Change from last month

Jacinda Ardern

39.1%

↑5.1

Christopher Luxon

20.4%

↑16.3

David Seymour

5.6%

↓4.9

Winston Peters

2.4%

↑0.9

Sir John Key

1.8%

↑1.3

Judith Collins

0.8%

↓5.5

Simon Bridges

0.1%

↓1.1

Christopher Luxon has leapt upward on the back of intense media coverage as new National Party Leader.

Jacinda Ardern recovers some of her significant drop in last month's poll. While she remains well ahead of anyone else, Christopher Luxon now has the highest preferred PM rating of any opposition leader since John Key, outside election campaign periods. And importantly, National reclaims the ranking of second-most preferred PM after a period of months in which David Seymour rated ahead of Judith Collins.

New Zealanders were also asked to scale between 1 and 5 their favourability towards different politicians. “Very Favourable” (5) plus “Favourable” (4) are netted off against “Very Unfavourable (1) and “Unfavourable” (2) to come to a “Net Favourability” result. Those responses that are neither favourable nor unfavourable are disregarded.

Favourability

Interestingly, Luxon actually has a slightly higher net favourability (for now) than Ardern at +15% versus +14%. In other words, he is better liked among those who have a view than Ardern is. The challenge will be maintaining this position as neutral or unsure voters get to know him.

Ardern has both higher favourables and unfavourables.

Here is how Net Favourability looks over time for a selection of leaders and MPs:

Favourability trend

Slightly more New Zealanders think the country is heading in the right direction than the wrong direction:

Country trend

The overall trend for the year on country direction remains negative. It will be very important for Labour to reverse this.

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The scientific poll was conducted by Curia Market Research and commissioned by the New Zealand Taxpayers’ Union. The full polling report is being released exclusively to members of our Taxpayer Caucus. As is well known, but for full disclosure, David Farrar is a member of the Board of the Taxpayers' Union and also a Director of Curia Market Research Ltd.

The Taxpayers’ Union Curia Poll was conducted from Wednesday 1 December to Wednesday 8 December 2021 with the median response on Monday 6 December 2021. The sample size was 1,000 eligible New Zealand voters who are contactable on a landline or mobile phone selected at random from 24,000 nationwide phone numbers. The results are weighted to reflect the overall voting adult population in terms of gender, age, and area. Based on this sample of 1,000 respondents, the maximum sampling error (for a result of 50%) is +/- 3.1%, at the 95% confidence level. This poll should be formally referred to as the “Taxpayers’ Union Curia Poll”.


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