New Labour leader David Cunliffe remains well behind his opponent John Key as preferred prime minister though he has received a significant boost since his promotion, according to a new poll.
The poll by TVNZ's Q and A programme showed Key had 42 per cent support, up one, while Cunliffe - who has only been in the position for one week - trailed well behind, on 12 per cent, up 10 points.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters and Green Party co-leader Russel Norman remained unchanged on 4 per cent and 3 per cent respectively.
Cunliffe, who will announce his new shadow Cabinet tomorrow, told Q and A it was a "pretty good start, but there's more work to do''.
He got lyrical when defending criticism that he and Parker, who are both upper middle-class white males, would not appeal to a broad enough demographic.
"We may be pale, we may be male, but I promise you we're not going to be stale.''
While he had considered alternatives such as Social Development spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern and former
Deputy Leader Grant Robertson, Cunliffe said Parker's promotion was aimed at showing Labour was serious about the economy and that Parker would get the better of Minister of Finance Bill English.
''I made a decision that in the end that Labour needed a deputy who could anchor us on the economic and financial side."
Cunliffe also said they would be increasing the number of women in senior leadership roles and in the wider caucus.
The poll sampled 1000 eligible voters between September 14 and 18, and had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 per cent.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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