Newshub-Reid Research poll: Kiwis split on whether Government prepared enough for Omicron

Kiwis are split over whether the Government has done enough to prepare for Omicron, the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows. 

When asked, do you think the Government has prepared well enough for an Omicron outbreak? 44.5 percent said yes while 44.3 percent said no.

It comes after the Government faced mounting criticism over the managed isolation and quarantine system and a lack of rapid antigen testing. 

But so far Omicron is proving to be slower moving than expected. Modelling predicted the country could see 400 cases of the highly infectious variant a day by last Friday. But that never eventuated with a peak of 224 on Saturday before dropping to 208 on Sunday and 188 on Monday. 

On Tuesday, Ardern told RNZ's Morning Report Omicron's peak may now happen later than expected. 

She said we may not hit the peak until late March, but she said the virus is very variable and hard to pinpoint. 

"It's widely variable and ultimately the defining feature of where we will peak will be booster uptake. The more people who take a booster, the lower the likelihood of our peak," she told Morning Report. 

Overall 94 percent of people 12 and up are fully vaccinated and 96 percent have had one dose. Additionally, more than 1.5 million people have received a booster with many more expecting to get theirs in the coming weeks. 

And while Kiwis are split over Omicron, they're happy with Ardern's performance. The latest poll showed 58.4 percent of people think the Prime Minister is doing a good job, up 1.5 points on her last result.

That compares to 30 percent who think she's not doing a good job - down 2.2 points from her last result.

Additionally, a small proportion of Kiwis, 10.5 percent, think she's neither doing good or bad. 

The Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted between 22 January – 4 February 2022 with a margin of error of 3.1 percent.