Winston Peters has slammed 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll last night as "biased" after NZ First dropped down to 3.3 per cent from five per cent.
The New Zealand First leader told TVNZ1's Breakfast today, "anybody who believes those polls, they're more stupid than they look".
"This is a bunch of unreconstructed morons that sadly people like you believe in," he told host Jehan Casinader while filling in for Jacinda Ardern's weekly appearance on the programme. The Prime Minister is currently visiting Tokelau.
Mr Peters claimed people "keeping a record of polling" said respondents are only asked who they'd vote for out of Labour, National and Greens - "no mention of New Zealand First". They were also asked, he said, who they'd prefer as prime minister out of Jacinda Ardern, Simon Bridges, "and then the other day they threw in a man called [Christopher] Luxon", the outgpoing Air New Zealand chief executive.
Casinader responded, "no they do not, you know they don't prompt people", adding it was those surveyed who brought up Mr Luxon's name. Mr Peters laughed in response.
"Actually you know nothing about polling and I do," the deputy PM said.
He went on to describe his 40 years of experience and education in political science.
"I'm not being arrogant here but the fact of the matter is when people say, "What about a party called New Zealand First? What about Winston Peters?' they're not even paying any regard to that, and that's called bias."