Big drop for Ardern in poll

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: ODT files
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. Photo: ODT files
The Labour Party has lost some support in the first political poll of the year — but its leader Jacinda Ardern has been dealt a significant, personal blow.

She was down 15 percentage points in the preferred prime minister rankings in last night’s 1News/Colmar Brunton poll.

Ms Ardern is sitting at 43% — still significantly higher than her main rival, National’s Judith Collins, who is at 8%, down four percentage points on the last poll.

Meanwhile, former leader Simon Bridges has appeared on that list — sitting at 1%. But he is behind National’s Chris Luxon, who is at 2%.

The Labour Party is down 4 percentage points at 49%, far ahead of National’s 27%, which is up two percentage points.

In terms of seats in the House, Labour still has a majority with 62 seats.

The Greens are up slightly at 9% and Act is steady at 8%.

The Maori Party is up at 2%.

Last night’s poll was the first 1News/Colmar Brunton poll not to use landlines. It used 50% randomly generated cellphone numbers and 50% online responses from New Zealanders who have signed up for market research studies. — The New Zealand Herald

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