Australians rate New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern as the most believable politician, a new poll shows.
Ogilvy PR's Believability Index, which surveyed 1000 eligible Australian voters in February, shows the Kiwi politician is still their favourite with a whopping 44 percent of participants feeling strong positive sentiment toward her. Ardern is significantly ahead of Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Opposition leader Anthony Albanese with just 20 percent of voters having strong positive sentiment toward them.
Only 10 percent of voters expressed strong negative feelings towards Ardern, compared with 34 percent for Morrison and 19 percent for Albanese.
Australian voters were also much more likely to share her values, feel that she's relevant to their life and think she is believable.
Ardern's believability rating was still high at 66/100. Despite dropping 11 points from three years ago, she is still way ahead of Morrison on 41, Albanese on 48 and US President Joe Biden on 46. Meanwhile, UK leader Boris Johnson scored 40 points.
Ardern was given 4.8 out of seven for shared values, 5 for relevance and 4.9 for factual correctness. This compares to 3.4 for Morrison and 3.8 for Albanese when it comes to shared values, 3.4 and 3.9 respectively for relevance and 3.5 and 3.9 for factual correctness.
It's not the first time Ardern has beaten Australian politicians at their own game. Back in 2019, she was also voted Australia's most trusted politician in the Believability index scoring 77 points.