NZ 2014 Leaders Index - week ending 29 August
NZ 2014 Leaders Index - week ending 29
Below is iSentia’s first weekly
Leaders’ Index, showing the relative amount of coverage of
nine Party Leaders in the lead up to the National Election
across news media and social media. We will produce these
reports for the next three weeks on a Friday.
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On The Northland By-Election
Supposedly, Winston Peters’ victory in Northland has exposed the simmering dissatisfaction with the government that exists out in the provinces. Yet it remains to be seen whether this defeat will have much significance – and not simply because if and when Labour resumes business as usual in the Northland seat at the next election, Peters’ hold on it could simply evaporate.
On Saturday, National’s electorate vote declined by 7,000 votes, as the 9,000 majority it won last September turned into a 4,000 vote deficit – mainly because Labour supporters followed the nod and wink given by Labour leader Andrew Little, and voted tactically for Peters. In the process, Labour’s vote went down from nearly 9,000 votes six months ago, to only 1,315 on Saturday. More>>