September 13, 2023
PREFU counter to poor polling says Jackson
The chair of Labour’s Māori seat campaign says the numbers that should count this week are not Labour’s dire poll result but the pre-election economic and fiscal update.
A Newshub-Reid Research poll this week showed Labour on just 26.8 percent against National’s 40.9 percent and 10.1 percent for its ACT partner.
Willie Jackson says that’s not a fair reflection of the Labour Government’s performance, with the Treasury update showing New Zealand was holding its own in an uncertain global environment and should be back in surplus in the 2026/27 fiscal year.
“We obviously had to borrow to save this country, to save people’s lives, to keep business going, so I ink what you saw yesterday was a pretty god economic outcome given the pressures we have been under over the last few years so whatever the polls are, things are not in the dire economic straits they were predicting from the other side,” he says.
Mr Jackson says he can’t help polls, but his candidates can have a good battle with the Maori Party in the Maori seats.