NZ Herald 20 March 2014
Len Brown will find it tough to be re-elected Mayor of Auckland, according to a new Herald-DigiPoll survey.
Only 22.7 per cent of the people questioned in this month’s poll said they would vote for Mr Brown in the 2016 elections; 57.7 per cent said they would not. The other 20 per cent said they did not know or did not vote in local body elections.
The poll suggests women and the elderly were particularly upset by revelations about his extramarital affair and undeclared hotel stays.
However, Mr Brown can take some comfort from the survey, which found 51.6 per cent of respondents believed he could still be an effective advocate of Auckland’s interests for the remainder of this three-year term.
When asked if the mayor should have resigned last year after revelations of his misbehaviour, 50.2 per cent said yes and 37.7 per cent said no. A further 12.1 per cent did not know.
This is a reversal of the result of a Herald-DigiPoll survey taken a few days after the affair became public last October.