Who is your preferred Prime Minister?

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is the most preferred Prime Minister in the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll. Photo: Supplied.

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Following the release of the latest 1 News Colmar Brunton poll, SunLive headed to Mount Maunganui to ask members of the public who their preferred Prime Minister is.

The poll shows Jacinda Ardern is sitting at 45 per cent as the most preferred, while National’s Judith Collins is at six per cent, ahead of her colleague and National party leader Simon Bridges.

Simon sits alongside Deputy Prime Minister and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters, who both sit at five per cent.

A couple were set on Judith Collins as their preferred leader, as ‘she has guts’.

Judith Collins is ahead of Simon Bridges by one per cent in the latest poll.

“She’s got some charisma and courage.

“Simon is doing his best, but he just doesn’t quite have it, he’s not done anything wrong.”

Simon Bridges was at the top of the list for one resident as he is a local Tauranga representative.

“He is a family man, he’s a lawyer, he’s pretty smart, he’s been around the traps for a very long time, and I think he understands the situation in Wellington which is a rat hole.

“New Zealanders are starting to wake up to all of the issues that are here, that haven’t been covered, that have been festering for years.”

Simon Bridges. File photo.

A mother with a baby says Jacinda Ardern is her pick for the job, due to her proactive and compassionate approach.

“She’s handled a few situations really well, some really tough situations, and I think it’s always going to take longer than one term to get all those policies in full effect, but I am really happy with what she is doing.

The question proved to be difficult to answer for one resident, who says his preference of Prime Minister is different to his party preference.

“Say for arguments sake I would be a national man, that does not mean automatically that Simon Bridges is my preferred Prime Minister.

“it’s a very awkward question.”

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Bozo the Clown.

Posted on 13-06-2019 10:46 | By TheCameltoeKid

Anyone could do a better job than Ardern! I don’t trust Collins as she’s married to a man with links to the Chinese Government so my choice would be Mark Mitchell.

Very thin field

Posted on 12-06-2019 20:41 | By PragmaticMikeSays

I’d have Crusher Collins as my PM in a heartbeat. Someone strong who can lead the country without e.g. 250 working groups to tell the current government what to do - only to be completely ignored! This lot are the least open and transparent in history - let’s do this!


Posted on 12-06-2019 19:28 | By R1Squid

Needs to get over his narcisism and self entitlement because of some maori blood that may flow through his veins (which probably 60% of the NZ population have also). Until sorts out his own problems, heaven help New Zealand if he becomes all powerful. Paula is another that believes in self entitlement!

I didn't vote for...

Posted on 12-06-2019 13:03 | By morepork

...Jacinda but I am very impressed by the way she has handled difficult situations. We should all be proud of her. Having said that, Simon would be a very good PM. He suffers by being perceived as negative but that is part of being in Opposition and I believe he is learning not to denigrate Political opponents, just call them out on their policies. Winston, I think, prefers to be a Kingmaker, rather than a king, but he would also be excellent. We are lucky to have politicians who care about the country and are not subject to bribes and corruption. The next election will be "interesting"...

It has to be

Posted on 11-06-2019 19:09 | By Merlin

It has to be Jacinda she shows caring and Simon shows very little to me as a future Prime Minister by constant negativity which probably reflecting in his polls.The current government has a lot to remedy in issues like Housing, Health and Education from what was left behind by the previous government and after 18 months have made a good start and everything will not be fixed in their first term.

Fiscal responsibility

Posted on 11-06-2019 17:19 | By Angels

Politicians that don,t bend and give into unions, or associations that feel they are entitled to huge wage increase as the teachers just received . Promise the public they will be fiscally responsible and Then put us into a huge ballooning debt. Who and what is next. Hopefully a responsible government next

Ideal situation...........

Posted on 11-06-2019 15:38 | By

...........would be Jacinda as leader of the National Party!!

Tom Ranger

Posted on 11-06-2019 15:17 | By

I’ll take a National win however it comes as would Simon...That said I think he’d make a fine P.M given the chance and National would very possibly be able to govern alone given their party support, which is a MAJOR plus in my books. Coalition has been exposed as cumbersome and innefective. MMP should be scrapped as we have a govt with no solid direction as a result.


Posted on 11-06-2019 15:07 | By dumbkof2

anyone but the present incumbent