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Potential National/Act NZ (46%) coalition is just ahead of Labour/ Greens (44.5%) in July, but Maori party holds the balance of power

Source: Roy Morgan New Zealand Single Source. January 2020 – July 2022.
Base: New Zealand electors aged 18+. Average interviews per month = 934.
Today’s Roy Morgan New Zealand Poll shows support tightening between a potential National/ Act NZ (46%) coalition now only 1.5% points ahead of the governing Labour/ Greens (44.5%). The gap is the smallest since Christopher Luxon became National Leader in late November.

Support for a potential National/Act NZ coalition dropped by 2.5% points to 46% in July while Luxon holidayed in Hawaii, despite social media posts claiming he was in New Zealand, while support for Labour/ Greens was up 1% point to 44.5%.

In July support for National fell by 4% points to 35% to its lowest since January 2022 while support for fellow right-leaning party Act NZ was up slightly by 1.5% points to 11%, its highest since February 2022. 

In contrast there were slight increases in support for Labour, up 0.5% points to 34% to its highest level so far this year and a similar increase for the Greens, up 0.5% points to 10.5%.

The drop in support for National appears to have largely benefited the Maori Party for which support increased by 2.5% points to 4% - its highest level of support for over a decade since April 2010.

In addition, a minority of 5.5% of electors (down 1% point) support other minor parties outside Parliament with support for New Zealand First unchanged at 1.5%, The Opportunities Party was up 0.5% points to 2.5% and support for the New Conservative Party was up 0.5% points to 1% in July.

This latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll on voting intention was conducted by telephone – both landline and mobile – with a New Zealand-wide cross-section of 937 electors during July. Electors were asked: “If a New Zealand Election were held today which party would receive your party vote?” Of all electors surveyed only 5%, unchanged, did not name a party.

New Zealand Government Confidence Rating up 2pts to 89.5 in July

The Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating increased by 2pts in July to 89.5. The indicator is now down a massive 31.5pts from a year ago in July 2021.

In July only 40.5% (up 1.5% points) of electors said New Zealand was ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 51% (down 0.5% points) who said New Zealand was ‘heading in the wrong direction’.

Women continue to favour Labour/Greens while men firmly support National and Act NZ

Support for the Labour/ Greens coalition is strongest amongst older women aged 50+ at 53% compared to only 44% support for National/ Act NZ. For women aged 18-49 support more evenly split with 48.5% supporting Labour/ Greens just ahead of the 46.5% supporting National/Act NZ.

The smallest Parliamentary Opposition, the Maori Party, is now attracting the support of 5% of women including 9% of women aged 18-49 and 1% of women aged 50+.

There is a stark difference for men with 51.5% supporting National or Act NZ. In July 49.5% of men aged 18-49 supported National/ Act NZ compared to 37.5% that supported Labour/ Greens. For men aged 50+ there were 55% supporting National/ Act NZ compared to 38.5% supporting Labour/ Greens.

The Maori Party attracts the support of 3.5% of men including 4% support from men aged 18-49 and 2% support from men aged 50+.

Support for the Greens is far higher amongst both younger women and younger men than their older counterparts. Around one-in-six women aged 18-49 (17%) and men aged 18-49 (16.5%) support the Greens compared to only 4.5% of women aged 50+ and just 4% of men aged 50+.

Party vote analysis by Gender & Age

Total

Women

Men

All

18-49

50+

All

18-49

50+

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Labour

34

40

31.5

48.5

27.5

21

34.5

Greens

10.5

10.5

17

4.5

10.5

16.5

4

Labour/ Greens

44.5

50.5

48.5

53

38

37.5

38.5

National

35

33

30

37

37

34.5

40.5

Act NZ

11

7

7.5

6

14.5

15

14.5

Maori Party

4

5

9

1

3.5

4

2

National/ Act NZ/ Maori Party

50

45

46.5

44

55

53.5

57

Others

5.5

4.5

5

3

7

9

4.5

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating

Right Direction

40.5

42

38.5

43

39

38.5

39.5

Wrong Direction

51

48

49.5

49

54.5

54.5

54.5

Government Confidence Rating

89.5

94

89

94

84.5

84

85

Can’t say

8.5

10

12

8

6.5

7

6

Total

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*The Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating is 100 plus the difference between the percentage of Kiwis who say the country is “heading in the right direction” and the percentage who say the country is “seriously heading in the wrong direction”.

New Zealand Government Confidence Rating is clearly higher for women than men in July

The Roy Morgan New Zealand Government Confidence Rating was clearly higher for women than men in July, but the gap did narrow by 6 points on a month ago.

Among women now 48% (up 1.5% points) say ‘New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction’, while only 42% (up 0.5% points) say New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ – a Government Confidence Rating of 94 (down 1pt).

Though down, a clear majority of men, 54.5% (down 2.5% points) now say New Zealand is ‘heading in the wrong direction’ while just under two-fifths of men, 39% (up 2.5% points), say New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ – a Government Confidence Rating of 84.5 (up 5pts).

The Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating is highest for women aged 50+ at 94 while for women aged 18-49 it is lower at 89. There is little difference for men of different ages with those aged 18-49 having a Government Confidence Rating of 84 and slightly higher for men aged 50+ at 85.

Michele Levine, CEO Roy Morgan, says the contest between the Labour/Greens coalition and a potential National/Act NZ coalition has narrowed with neither side in a position to win a majority given the latest results from July:

“Today’s Roy Morgan New Zealand Poll shows the lead for a potential National/Act NZ (46%) coalition over the governing Labour/Greens government (44.5%) is now at just 1.5% points – the closest the two sides have been since Christopher Luxon took over as National leader at the end of November 2021.

“The reason for the narrowing gap is the fall in support for National in July, down 4% points to 35% and at its lowest level of support since January 2022. The support that National has lost appears to have gone to fellow Parliamentary opposition parties Act NZ, up 1.5% points to 11%, and the Maori Party, up 2.5% points to 4%.

“This is the highest level of support for the Maori Party in well over a decade since April 2010 when John Key was the Prime Minister. Support for the Maori Party is strongest amongst young people with 9% of women aged 18-49 and 4% of men aged 18-49 supporting the party.

“The decision by Opposition leader Christopher Luxon to take a family holiday to Hawaii during mid-July is understandable during the depth of a New Zealand winter. However, for Luxon’s social media to post videos of Luxon claiming to be ‘In Te Puke, the heart of kiwifruit country’ while he was holidaying in Hawaii has been labelled as a ‘debacle’ by media commentators.

“The mishandling of Christopher Luxon’s family holiday and the related social media posts brings to the fore the key issues of trust and distrust in driving support for political leaders.

“Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has built her leadership on being the person New Zealanders can trust to deal with challenges as varied as the COVID-19 pandemic, the Christchurch shooting and various natural disasters to strike the country such as the eruption of the White Island volcano.

“If Christopher Luxon’s missteps in recent weeks result in people distrusting the National Leader and questioning his honesty, or the honesty of the team around him, he will come under renewed scrutiny as an alternative Prime Minister heading towards next year’s election.

“The instability in the Greens leadership has also been in the political spotlight over the last week although the issue has had little impact on their polling results. Long-term Greens co-leader James Shaw was ousted from the position last week after 30% of delegates at the Green Party AGM voted they had no confidence in Shaw’s leadership.

“The result means the co-leadership position is to be voted on again in coming weeks. Shaw has vowed to re-nominate for the position but there are many in the party who regard Chloe Swarbrick as the rising star of the party. If Swarbrick were to put her hand up for the leadership, she would be likely to win the contest with the strong support of the party faithful.”

New Zealand Party Vote: 2020-22

Source: Roy Morgan New Zealand Single Source. January 2020 – July 2022.
Base: New Zealand electors aged 18+. Average interviews per month = 934.


New Zealand Party Vote: NZ Govt. v Parliamentary Opposition

Source: Roy Morgan New Zealand Single Source. January 2020 – July 2022.
Base: New Zealand electors aged 18+. Average interviews per month = 934.

Roy Morgan NZ Government Confidence Rating vs. ANZ-Roy Morgan NZ Consumer Confidence

Source: Roy Morgan New Zealand Single Source. January 2020 – July 2022.
Base: New Zealand electors aged 18+. Average interviews per month = 934.

Two-Party Preferred: Labour Party-led Government vs. Parliamentary Opposition Parties

Labour Party-led Government

(Labour, Greens)

Parliamentary
Opposition Parties
(National, Act NZ & Maori)

NZ Election, October 17, 2020*

57.87

34.33

ROY MORGAN NEW ZEALAND POLL

Labour wins the NZ Election and, despite securing a majority of seats in Parliament,
signs a ‘Cooperation Agreement’ with the Greens – October 31, 2020

2021

January 2021

58.5

36

February 2021

58.5

37.5

March 2021

57.5

35

April 2021

55

41

May 2021

56

39

June 2021

51

43.5

July 2021

49.5

44.5

August 2021

51.5

40.5

September 2021

55

41

October 2021

50

44

November 2021

46.5

47

December 2021

44

51

2022

January 2022

43.5

51

February 2022

43

51.5

March 2022

42.5

49

April 2022

44

49

May 2022

43

51

June 2022

43.5

50

July 2022

44.5

50

*At the 2020 NZ Election the Labour party secured 50.01% of the vote which was enough to govern in their own right but Labour opted to sign a ‘Cooperation Agreement’ with the Greens, who won 7.86% of the vote. There were three Parties elected to Parliament not in Government led by National (25.58%), Act NZ (7.59%) and the Maori Party (1.17%). 

Voting Intention Summary
The following table compares the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Polls on Voting Intention with the result from the October 17, 2020, General Election:

National-led Governments (& supporting parties) are highlighted in Blue. Labour-led Governments (& supporting parties) are highlighted in Red.

PARTY VOTE

Labour

Green Party*

National

ACT NZ

Maori Party**

TOP**

NZ First

Other

ELECTIONS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

October 12, 1996*

28.19

10.10

33.87

6.10

n/a

n/a

13.35

8.39

November 27, 1999

38.74

5.16

30.50

7.04

n/a

n/a

4.26

14.30

July 27, 2002

41.26

7.00

20.93

7.14

n/a

n/a

10.38

13.29

September 17, 2005

41.10

5.30

39.10

1.51

2.12

n/a

5.72

5.15

November 8, 2008

33.99

6.72

44.93

3.65

2.39

n/a

4.07

4.25

November 26, 2011

27.48

11.06

47.31

1.07

1.43

n/a

6.59

5.06

September 20, 2014

25.13

10.70

47.04

0.69

1.32

n/a

8.66

6.46

September 23, 2017

36.89

6.27

44.45

0.50

1.18

2.44

7.20

1.07

October 17, 2020

50.01

7.86

25.58

7.59

1.17

1.51

2.60

3.70

ROY MORGAN POLL

December 2020

44

10.5

28

10

2

2

2

1.5

2021

January 2021

47

11.5

25

9

2

1.5

2

2

February 2021

45

13.5

29

7.5

1

1

1.5

1.5

March 2021

45.5

12

23

11

1

2

2.5

3

April 2021

41.5

13.5

29.5

9

2.5

0.5

1

2.5

May 2021

45

11

28.5

9

1.5

1.5

2

1.5

June 2021

38.5

12.5

29.5

11.5

2.5

2

1.5

2

July 2021

39.5

10

29

13

2.5

3

2

1

August 2021

39.5

12

25

13

2.5

2

2.5

3.5

September 2021

45.5

9.5

23

16

2

1.5

1.5

1

October 2021

39.5

10.5

26

16

2

1

2.5

2.5

November 2021

36

10.5

26.5

17.5

3

1.5

2.5

2.5

December 2021

35.5

8.5

31.5

18.5

1

1

2

2

2022

January 2022

33

10.5

35

13.5

2.5

1.5

2.5

1.5

February 2022

32

11

38

11.5

2

1

2

2.5

March 2022

32

10.5

38

9

2

1.5

4

3

April 2022

33.5

10.5

37.5

10

1.5

2

2.5

2.5

May 2022

31.5

11.5

40

10

1

1

3

2

June 2022

33.5

10

39

9.5

1.5

2

1.5

3

July 2022

34

10.5

35

11

4

2.5

1.5

1.5

*The 1996 Election was the first New Zealand Election contested via MMP (Mixed Member Proportional). At the 1996 Election the Greens Party contested as part of the “Alliance” political grouping with four other political parties.
**The Maori Party was launched in July 2004. The Opportunities Party (TOP) was launched in November 2016.


Roy Morgan New Zealand Seat Predictor

The following table compares the projected seats to be won by the various New Zealand political parties based on the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Polls on Voting Intention with the results from previous MMP Elections:

National-led Governments (& supporting parties) are highlighted in Blue. Labour-led Governments (& supporting parties) are highlighted in Red.

SEAT COUNT

Labour

Green Party*

National

ACT NZ

Maori Party**

NZ First

Other

ELECTIONS

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

October 12, 1996*

37

0

44

8

0

17

14*

November 27, 1999

49

7

39

9

0

5

11*

July 27, 2002

52

9

27

9

0

13

10*

September 17, 2005

50

6

48

2

4

7

4*

November 8, 2008

43

9

58

5

5

0

2*

November 26, 2011

34

14

59

1

3

8

2*

September 20, 2014

32

14

60

1

2

11

1*

September 23, 2017

46

8

56

1

0

9

0

October 17, 2020

65

10

33

10

2

0

0

ROY MORGAN

SEAT PREDICTOR

2021

January 2021

60

15

32

11

2

0

0

February 2021

56

17

36

10

1

0

0

March 2021

59

16

30

14

1

0

0

April 2021

52

17

37

11

3

0

0

May 2021

57

14

36

11

2

0

0

June 2021

49

16

37

15

3

0

0

July 2021

50

13

37

17

3

0

0

August 2021

51

16

33

17

4

0

0

September 2021

57

12

29

20

2

0

0

October 2021

51

13

33

20

3

0

0

November 2021

46

14

34

22

4

0

0

December 2021

45

11

40

23

1

0

0

2022

January 2022

42

13

45

17

3

0

0

February 2022

41

14

48

15

2

0

0

March 2022

42

14

50

12

2

0

0

April 2022

43

13

49

13

2

0

0

May 2022

40

15

51

13

1

0

0

June 2022

43

13

50

12

2

0

0

July 2022

43

13

45

14

5

0

0

*Other seats won at elections from 1996 - 2014 include: 1996 – 14 seats: Alliance (13 seats) & United NZ (1 seat); 1999 – 11 seats: Alliance (10 seats) & United NZ (1 seat); 2002 – 10 seats: United Future (8 seats) & Progressive (2 seats); 2005 – 4 seats: United Future (3 seats) & Progressive (1 seat); 2008 – 2 seats: Progressive (1 seat) & United Future (1 seat); 2011 – 2 seats: United Future (1 seat) & Mana Party (1 seat); 2014 – 1 seat: United Future (1 seat).

Fourth National Government (1990 – 1999): 1996 NZ Election: National (44 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs in coalition with NZ First (17 seats) for a total of 61 seats in the 120 seat Parliament.

Fifth Labour Government (1999-2008): 1999 NZ Election: Labour (49 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs in coalition with Alliance (10 seats) and the support of the Greens (7 seats) for a total of 66 seats in the 120 seat Parliament. 2002 NZ Election: Labour (52 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs in coalition with the Progressive Coalition (2 seats) and confidence and supply from United Future (8 seats) for a total of 62 seats in the 120 seat Parliament. 2005 NZ Election: Labour (50 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs in coalition with the Progressive Coalition (1 seat) and confidence and supply from New Zealand First (7 seats) and United Future (3 seats) for a total of 61 seats in the 121 seat Parliament (including 1 ‘overhang’ seat).

Fifth National Government (2008-2017): 2008 NZ Election: National (58 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs with the confidence and supply of Act NZ (5 seats), the Maori Party (5 seats) and United Future (1 seat) for a total of 69 seats in the 122 seat Parliament (including 2 ‘overhang’ seats). 2011 NZ Election: National (59 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs with the confidence and supply of Maori Party (3 seats), Act NZ (1 seat) and United Future (1 seat) for a total of 64 seats in the 121 seat Parliament (including 1 ‘overhang’ seat). 2014 NZ Election: National (60 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs with the confidence and supply of Maori Party (2 seats), Act NZ (1 seat) and United Future (1 seat) for a total of 64 seats in the 121 seat Parliament (including 1 ‘overhang’ seat).

Sixth Labour Government (2017-?): 2017 NZ Election: Labour (46 seats) ‘wins’ the NZ Election and governs in coalition with NZ First (9 seats) and the confidence and supply of the Greens (8 seats) for a total of 63 seats in the 120 seat Parliament. 2020 NZ Election: Labour (65 seats) wins the NZ Election and governs with the cooperation of the Greens (10 seats) for a total of 75 seats in the 120 seat Parliament.

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Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. Margin of error gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

1,000

±3.0

±2.7

±1.9

±1.3

5,000

±1.4

±1.2

±0.8

±0.6

7,500

±1.1

±1.0

±0.7

±0.5

10,000

±1.0

±0.9

±0.6

±0.4

20,000

±0.7

±0.6

±0.4

±0.3

50,000

±0.4

±0.4

±0.3

±0.2