Jacinda Ardern Is The Most Popular New Zealand Prime Minister In A Century
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Jacinda Ardern has won fans around the world for her compassionate, relatable and bold approach to leading her country.
But, it seems that people in New Zealand think really highly of the Hamilton-born leader.
A new poll from Newshub has listed her as the most popular Kiwi leader in a century.
The survey had a look at the preferred prime minister and Ms Ardern's rating was boosted by 20.8 points, which is the largest number since official polls were conducted.
Her Labour government has soared in popularity to 56.5 percent, leaving the Nationals - New Zealand's biggest political party in parliament - in tatters at 30.6 percent, down to 12.7 points.
Ms Ardern has told Newshub that it's a 'privileged opportunity to be leading at this time'.
The prime minister has been praised for the way she has handled the coronavirus pandemic as well as the tragedies that have unfolded over the past year like the White Island volcano eruption and the Christchurch terror attack.
A whopping 92 percent of respondents believe her government has done the right thing during the outbreak of Covid-19, which involved shutting down the country. Interestingly, 84 percent of Nationals voters, traditionally at the opposite end of the political spectrum to Ms Ardern, agree that the right decisions were made during the pandemic.
Ms Ardern recently floated the idea of introducing a 'Trans-Tasman Bubble' system, where Australians and Kiwis could travel across the ditch for work and pleasure.
While the project wouldn't be available in the immediate future, it's an idea that is supported by state and federal ministers. What's more, this proposal wouldn't require a two-week quarantine period.
Ms Ardern said: "People wouldn't travel if they had to stay on either side in quarantine for a two-week period and have to do the same when you return. But there is still a lot of work to be done before we can progress an idea like that."
We've been told not to expect the deal to be forged in a matter of weeks, but later in the year it could definitely be a possibility.
There's even talk of resuming flights between Hobart and New Zealand, something that hasn't been running for more than 20 years.