Jacinda Ardern came out on top after the first leaders debate according to thousands of people who completed Vote Compass after the broadcast last night.
Of more than 13,000 using the online tool who said they had watched or listened to the debate, 50% said they thought the Labour leader won, while 33% backed National leader Bill English.
The remaining 17% said they didn’t know.
Women were considerably more pro the Labour leader, 56% to 28%, while men were more evenly placed, 47% to 41%.
There was no difference in views between people in the North Island and South Island.
Mr English scored better among older voters, though he only won in the 65 and above age group. And he was also the winner among people earning more than $100,000 a year.
Ms Ardern was strongly backed by Maori, 66% to 23%.
The debate on TVNZ1 and 1 NEWS NOW was watched by a total of more than 1 million people.
The two leaders meet again in the final week of the election campaign on September 20.
Developed by a team of social and statistical scientists from Vox Pop Labs, Vote Compass is a civic engagement application offered in New Zealand exclusively by TVNZ. The findings are based on 13,406 respondents who participated in Vote Compass after the leaders’ debate hosted by 1 NEWS on 31 August 2017 and who indicated that they watched or listened to the debate.