The results from today's Herald DigiPoll Survey show Brown will have a tough time getting re-elected. Continued opposition wherever he goes means Aucklanders haven't forgiven or forgotten the sexual and financial impropriety shown by the Mayor.
Only 22.7 per cent of the people questioned in this month's poll said they would vote for Mr Brown in the 2016 elections; 57.7 per cent said they would not. The other 20 per cent said they did not know or did not vote in local body elections.
In some ways it’s a double whammy. Women bear the brunt of marital fall-out, men don’t like financial profligacy.
However, Mr Brown can take some comfort from the survey, which found 51.6 per cent of respondents believed he could still be an effective advocate of Auckland's interests for the remainder of this three-year term.
Getting to grips with the real business of being Mayor was never his forte. If anyone was ever wondering why he had time for his affair it’s because he doesn’t do the hard graft of Council work. Anyone who poses for such inanities as ‘Mayor in the Chair’ that achieve the sum total of zero is all PR and no substance.