Majority of New Zealanders still backing Jacinda Ardern’s Covid-19 leadership

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Three surveys show the prime minister still has the public’s support, ahead of today’s announcement about whether the country will shift alert levels.As health experts cast doubt on the chances of a move to alert level one this week, New Zealanders remain confident in our political leadership during the Covid-19 pandemic. Cabinet is meeting this morning to discuss any possible adjustments to our alert levels – level 2.5 in Auckland and level two everywhere else. At this stage, the earliest the country could return to level one is 11.59pm this Wednesday night, a nudge more than two weeks after Auckland moved into level two, following 18 days spent in level three lockdown.It comes as a triple-header of new surveys show New Zealanders remain largely supportive of our political leadership, even with the looming possibility of more time in alert level two. While two of the surveys were conducted prior to Covid-19’s re-emergence last month, they remain an indicator of the public’s mood during a time when no political polls have been released by our major television networks.According to the latest Wilberforce Foundation survey of 1000 people in early August, 73% indicated the prime minister “inspired their confidence”, while 61% …

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