As Ardern becomes a “close contact” and goes into hiding, we get this joyous and wonderful piece of information;
A new political poll shows Jacinda Ardern’s approval ratings have dropped again, her lowest result since the ratings were first measured in October 2019.
A pool of eligible voters were asked if they approve or disapprove of the way Ardern is handling her job as prime minister, in a new 1News Kantar Public poll.
The poll, run between 22 and 26 January, showed 52 percent of eligible voters approve of the way Ardern is handling her job, compared to 37 percent who disapprove.
A further 11 percent were unsure or refused to answer.
The results bring Ardern’s net approval rating, the proportion who approve of a politician minus those who disapprove, to 15 percent.
Ardern’s approval ratings have steadily dropped over the last two years as New Zealand continues to battle Covid-19. Source: RNZ.
Ardern and Governor-General Dame Cindy Kiro are considered close contacts of a case that was on a flight from Kerikeri to Auckland eight days ago and will self-isolate until Tuesday.
But because the exposure event was last Saturday, and Ardern was alerted one week later, she was unknowingly out and about. During that week, she attended a vaccination centre, visited a marae, and held two press conferences – all while potentially infectious.
The Prime Minister also chaired a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, meaning if she tests positive her ministers could become close contacts.