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Jacinda Ardern has been voted Australia’s most believable politician, according to a new poll.
Ogilvy PR's Believability Index, which surveyed 1,000 eligible Australian voters in February, showed that 44 per cent of participants trusted the New Zealand Prime Minister more than any other politician.
The survey also indicated that 10 per cent of voters had strong negative feelings towards Ardern; in comparison to her Australian counterpart, Scott Morrison, who sits at 34 per cent and Opposition leader Anthony Albanese scoring 19 per cent.
The Kiwi leader’s believability rating was still high at 66 per cent; however, this also indicated Ardern dropped 11 points from three years ago.
Despite the decline, Ms Adrern still clipped Mr Morrison, who scored 41, Mr Albanese 48, US President Joe Biden 46 and UK leader Boris Johnson on 40 points.
Ardern scored 4.8 for shared values amongst Australians, 5 for relevance and 4.9 for factual correctness.
Meanwhile, Morrison earned 3.4 points and Albanese 3.8 for shared values, 3.4 and 3.9 for relevance and 3.5 and 3.9 for factual correctness.
But this isn’t the first time Ardern has taken out the title of Australia's most trusted politician.
In 2019, the Kiwi Prime Minister was scored 77 points in the Believability Index.
"Jacinda Ardern was Australia's favourite politician when we published our first Believability Index report before the last federal election back in 2019," the index said.
"And our voters continue to rate New Zealand's Prime Minister much higher than any Australian politician in our survey.”
The results come as Ms Ardern plans for her first Covid-19 era trip, the first time she’s travelled in over two years since the pandemic began.
According to The Canberra Times, Prime Minister Ardern will be making her way to Singapore and Japan to lead a trade delegation.
While there, she will meet with Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and President Halimah Yacob and Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, marking the 70th anniversary of NZ-Japan diplomatic relations.
"It's just over two years since Covid-19 hit New Zealand's shores, prompting us to close the borders to protect lives and livelihoods," she said.
“Now we must continue to reconnect with the world and I look forward to supporting our businesses across a range of sectors and seeing my political counterparts in person."
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