Labour’s new leader, Jacinda Ardern, is picking up womens’ votes, the latest opinion poll shows.
The Newshub poll released on Wednesday showed Labour gaining nine points and soaring to 33% in the two weeks since Ms Ardern took over the leadership from Andrew Little.
Yesterday Newshub reported of those supporting Labour, 63% were women.
When Mr Little was leader, 55% of Labour supporters were women.
Winning women’s votes was one of former prime minister John Key’s strengths, and Ms Ardern’s ability to do that could have an important impact as she tries to cut into National’s support base.
It could also help her as she challenges Bill English in the polls as preferred prime minister.
The poll showed she was only just behind him with 26.3% against Mr English’s 27.7%.
Asked about the poll, Mr English said he believed the election would be fought on policies not gender. NZN