Belief in Dirty Politics claims growing - poll

Published: 12:30PM Monday September 01, 2014 Source: ONE News

Belief in the claims made by Nicky Hager's Dirty Politics book seems to be growing according to the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll.

More people now think the National Party and the PM's Office were behind smear campaigns and leaks than was the case shortly after the book was published.

The poll, which was carried out before the resignation of Judith Collins this weekend, asked 1000 people for their views. The results found 41% said yes, National and the PM's Office was involved, 35% said no and 24% said they didn't know.

This shows an increase from a snap poll taken straight after the book was first published where only 28% of people said they believed the claims.

Perhaps most worrying for National is the number of undecided eligible voters who believe there is some truth to the claims - the figure has gone up from 23% to 41%.

John Key says his experience from speaking to people suggests they are more interested in other matters rather than the Dirty Politics claims.

"When I go out on the campaign trail there is absolutely no question that people want to talk about policy, or they're saying 'we're voting National and we hope you'll win'.

"The left have sat there and they've said we're not going to win if we talk about the economy, law and order, health and education so let's illegally hack into a computer and throw a bomb in."

The book's author Nicky Hager says he thought the fallout from the book would last "a couple of days".

"The reason it's still going is because John Key could have said: 'Judith Collins has to go, my own staff will have to go I can't believe we had a dirty tricks campaign', but actually what he said was: 'there was nothing wrong'."

The latest poll surveyed voters between Saturday 23 and Wednesday 27 August 2014.