1News political editor Jessica Much McKay says she expects “a big stir” behind the scenes in the Labor Party following the latest 1News Kantar poll.
The latest polls show that the ACT’s approval ratings have skyrocketed, revealing it could form a government alongside the National.
This means Labor will be kicked out of government if elections are held tomorrow.
“What this shows is that after five years in government, people are looking at their options,” McKay said.
“It’s winter now. People are feeling pinched about petrol pumps and prices are skyrocketing in supermarkets.”
She also believes that a major factor in the decline in support for the Labor Party is the poor distribution of the cost of living, with money being paid to many unqualified people.
As for National, McKay said there will be a sigh of relief within the party after a rough few weeks of scandals and missteps.
That was after leader Christopher Luxon posted a video online saying he was at Te Puke when he was actually vacationing in Hawaii.
Lacson and other members of Congress have also been criticized for their personal views on abortion.
He argued that there would be no change to New Zealand’s abortion law even if the National came to power.
McKay believes this will give National more confidence going into next year’s elections, as it will give them more latitude in regards to coalition partners.
“They don’t want to rely on Te Pati Maori. They’d rather just have the ACT and they can do it with these numbers,” she said.
Big players continue to battle for the top of the polls, but the ultimate winner of this latest poll is the ACT party.
David Seymour’s party could have gained 4% in approval ratings and won 14 seats in Congress.
“I think what this shows is that people aren’t so happy with the Labor Party and the National Party.
The ACT will also gain a lot of confidence, as these new numbers will give it greater power to influence policy.
When it comes to the Greens, McKay believes the loyalty of their supporters has led to their numbers remaining relatively intact after James Shaw was ousted as co-leader.
“[9%] It’s a relatively strong number, especially if it’s not an election year,” she said.