Newshub-Reid Research Poll: Overwhelming number of Kiwis back Government's lockdown decision

Nine-in-ten New Zealanders back the Government's call to put the country into lockdown, the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll has found.

Newshub asked whether it was the right call, and an astonishing 91.6 percent said 'yes'. Just 6 percent said 'no' and 2.5 percent didn't know.

The favour was expressed across the board - voters of all stripes backing the call.

Almost all - 97 percent - of Labour voters backed it, 84 percent of National voters too, as well as 90 percent of Green supporters.

New Zealand First voters were 86.1 percent in favour of the lockdown call while ACT voters were a little more apprehensive but still in favour - 55.3 percent backing the lockdown decision.

Wellington voters Newshub spoke to on Monday all felt positive about it.

"Business is business but life - you've got to protect people's lives and we've seen what's happened overseas so absolutely best decision ever," one said.

"I mean it might be inconvenient but it has stopped the spread," said another.

It's not just the voters who back the decision but the results too. There were no new cases of COVID-19 on Monday.

"We chose to act and we not only acted, but we acted successfully," Director-General of Health Dr Ashley Bloomfield said.

The Newshub-Reid Research Poll was conducted between 8-16 May with half of the responses taken after the Budget. The poll has a maximum sample error of +/- 3.1 percent.