Ardern cracks 50% in preferred PM ranking

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugs a mosque-goer at the Kilbirnie Mosque. Photo: Getty Images
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern hugs a mosque-goer at the Kilbirnie Mosque. Photo: Getty Images
The gap between National and Labour continues to grow, with the main governing party now eight percentage points higher in the polls than National.

Labour are at 48 per cent, up three percentage points on the last poll, according to tonight's 1News/ Colmar Brunton poll.

National were down three percentage points to 40 per cent – its lowest level of support in this poll since the 2017 election.

And Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern continues to remain much more popular than National Leader Simon Bridges, cracking 50 per cent in the preferred Prime Minister rating for the first time.

It is the highest she has polled in the ranking since becoming Prime Minister in 2017 and Labour leader shortly before then.

Bridges is on just five per cent and is neck-and-neck with Judith Collins.

Ardern's 51 per cent on the rating in the preferred Prime Minister ranking was up 7 percentage points.

The 1News/ Colmar Brunton poll was taken after the March 15 terror attacks.

As for the smaller parties, New Zealand First – although up one percentage point on the last poll – was once again under the five per cent threshold with four per cent support in the poll.

The Greens were steady at six per cent and Act steady at one per cent.

The polling numbers:

Labour – 48 per cent (up 3 percentage points)
National – 40 per cent (down 2 percentage points)
Green Party – 6 per cent (steady)
NZ First – 4 (up 1 percentage point)

Today's poll comes after the March 15 terror attacks in Christchurch.

Ardern's response to the attacks was praised by many, including celebrities and politicians around the world.

At one point, a photo of Ardern embracing a woman appeared in lights on the side of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai.

Just three weeks after the attack, the Government had passed new gun laws which ban the same semi-automatics weapons the gunman used in the attack.

Asked about New Zealand's economic outlook, 37 per cent of people were optimistic and 36 per cent were pessimistic.

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