Miccio has the lead shows mayoral poll

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A mayoral poll released yesterday shows Aldo Miccio leading the race to the mayoral chains, but with a whopping percentage of people still undecided.

The poll was conducted by Christchurch-based Research First and is independent but it was not commissioned by Nelson Weekly. It shows the current mayor on 31 per cent with his closest rival and current councillor Rachel Reese on 24.5 per cent and Brian McGurk on 10.5 per cent.

The poll is the first phone poll released ahead of the Nelson City Council elections this Saturday and was conducted by calling 325 Nelson voters on September 25, five days into the voting process.

Unsurprisingly, but a potential curve ball heading into the close of voting this Saturday, the survey showed that 34 per cent of people were still undecided.

The results have a margin of error of plus or minus 7 per cent at a 95 per cent confidence level, says Research First.

Rachel says the number of undecided voters was because the poll was conducted early in the race and she believes those people have made up their minds. “But it will be a very close election and I urge everyone to make sure they get their voting packs sent in.”

The results back up the findings of an unscientific poll on the Weekly website that has Aldo on 41 per cent, ahead of Rachel and Brian McGurk on 29 per cent each, without taking into account undecided voters.

The only other candidate, Richard Osmaston, is coming last by a long way in both polls.

The results are also in stark contrast to a poll released by the Nelson Mail last week that had Rachel in the lead, with Aldo in second place.

Aldo says he is happy with the latest poll but isn’t complacent and says every vote counts.

“I’m happy to be in the lead but I’m not counting my chickens. It will be a very tight race and people need to vote.”

Brian McGurk says he’s not surprised that so many people were still undecided as he’s door knocked on thousands of homes and many, even on the weekend, were still unsure of who they were voting for.

“But I think people like what I’ve put forward and I’ve got some really positive feedback.”

He says it will be interesting to see where the 34 per cent of undecided voters fall on election day.