David Cunliffe really has turned the tables in his bid to become Prime Minister of New Zealand. 21% polled on Stuff this morning said they would now be voting Labour as opposed to 5% saying they would now be voting National. Those polled were likely to be undecided voters and/or disenfranchised voters who had since left the major parties.
But it was social media that was abuzz with Cunliffe’s performance last night. Here’s some people who thought he did best:
1. Kerre McIvor
Speaking to thousands of listeners across the country, Newstalk ZB host Kerre McIvor said she believed Cunliffe had won, but needed to work on not interrupting as much. Helpful criticism.
2. Rachel Smalley
“First round to Cunliffe”, but suspects Key will come back firing in the next debate.
3. Toby Manhire
NZ Herald columnist declares Cunliffe the winner.
4. John Armstrong
A usually anti-Cunliffe sort of commentator at the NZ Herald agrees with Manhire that Cunliffe was the clear winner.
5. Colin Craig
Conservative Party leader Colin Craig says Cunliffe won “by a nose”.
6. Dai Henwood
Popular TV3/7 Days comedian Dai Henwood tweeted throughout the debate, saying John Key looked “under the pump”. He said afterwards to Labour candidate Tamati Coffey New Zealand would be a “better place” with Labour in government.
7. Metiria Turei
Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei praised Cunliffe’s performance, saying Key “looked rattled the whole time”.
8. Martyn Bradbury
Blogger “Bomber” Bradbury said Cunliffe won all the rounds.
9. Morgan Godfrey
Blogger Morgan Godfrey tweeted; “Key really is a good debater, besting Cullen, Clark and Goff. Is DC the first politician to best Key? Genuine question.”