James Shaw says the Greens hit rock bottom in Thursday night’s shock poll but he thinks they can climb out of the hole they are in.
Labour leader Jacinda Ardern is not giving any thought to abandoning the Greens as a potential coalition partner.
She says the agreement to campaign together still stands, and the Greens will get the first call if she is in a position to form a government after the election.
“I think the polls will keep moving around, I doubt we’ll see them (the Greens) stay in that position,” she said.
The 1 News Colmar Brunton poll gave the Greens just 4% on that result it would be out of Parliament on September 23.
Mr Shaw, the party’s only leader since Metiria Turei quit, says it was not a big surprise.
“I think a lot of people have been burnt off by the antics of the last two weeks,” he told RNZ.
“We knew we were going to have a string of bad polls because of the messiness of the last couple of weeks and what everyone is calling the ‘Jacinda effect’.”
Mr Shaw said other polls have shown the Greens are trending down.
“But I think we’re at our lowest point, this is rock bottom for us, I think we’ll get back to our historical level of 10% or 11%.”
Thursday’s poll gave Labour a huge boost to 37%, backing two other surveys last week that put the party on 33% and 36% since Ardern became leader.
All three showed National losing a few points and the 1 News poll gave it 44%, its lowest level in four years.
But as votes shift around on the centre-left, the big picture hasn’t changed and NZ First would still hold the balance of power after the election. NZN