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Cheers, Jacinda

PM the preferred drinking buddy.

It's drinks with Jacinda.

The prime minister — with 38 percent of the vote (276 votes of a total of 722) — won this week's Gisborne Herald poll as the party leader readers would rather have a drink with.

The strong election campaign by Act leader David Seymour helped him poll into second with 23 percent (168 votes).

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters pipped National's Judith Collins 14 percent to 12 percent (97 to 87).

Other party leaders were well behind — Billy Te Kahika (Advance NZ) was on 7 percent (53 votes); Marama Davidson (Greens co-leader) 2 percent (16); Geoff Simmons (Opportunities) 2 percent (13); John Tamihere (Maori Party co-leader) 1 percent (6) and Leighton Baker (New Conservatives) 1 percent (6).

Of the 722 replies, few respondents added a comment.

Most Ardern voters were strong admirers of the prime minister.

“How does she cope with all the events that have happened so quickly one after the other and remain calm?

“All day, every day.”

“Interesting person to have a chat with.”

However, one Ardern voter was not a supporter.

This person said they would have a drink with the PM “ only to acquaint her with the miserable failings of her Government pre-Covid and to suggest that only Ashley Bloomfield is entitled to credit for the management of the virus”.

Seymour voters like his strong election campaign performance.

“Only one who talks sense.”

“More intellectual and consistent in outlook.”

“I think David will be around for a long time.”

Many Peters poll voters expressed admiration for his style and acknowledged his favourite tipple, whisky.

“Winston for sure. My girlfriend will also be joining the Silver Fox for a drink.”

“He doesn't stand for any crap. He sees the lighter side of politics.”

“Whisky with Winston.”

“And drink choice — a late night whisky.”

Collins voters like the National Party leader's strength or compared her favourably with the PM.

“The only one with combined experience and strength.”

“We have had enough of the fluff from Jacinda.”