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The latest Taxpayers Union Curia poll has National on 36.8 percent (down 1 since the last poll in April) and Labour on 34.2 (down 2.6).
The poll had a bump for the Act Party up to 10.9 percent (up 2.5) – perhaps helped by a patchy period for National and its leader Christopher Luxon.
It is a warning to National that Act leader David Seymour remains a credible alternative for National voters.
The Green Party on was on 9.7 (up 0.3) and the Māori Party on 2.4 percent (down 1.2).
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern continues to slide as preferred Prime Minister - on 35.1 (down 1.2) - and National leader Christopher Luxon is on 27.9 percent (down 0.7).
It is the first time the centre-right have polled well enough in a public poll since Simon Bridges was National Party leader back in early 2020.
Labour's further drop in support shows how much work it has ahead of it to reclaim public support in the week in which it will deliver the Budget.
It has come under increasing pressure to try to address the cost of living strain on households, and in law and order.
The polling period included the rollout of several pre-Budget announcements - including more than $500 million for police numbers and training.
The polling period also included the PM going into isolation after her partner Clarke Gayford tested positive for Covid-19.
Today, Ardern also tested positive for the virus.
A further poll question showed the cost of living was still rising as a major voting issue – more than 25 percent said it was the top issue, while Covid-19 had plummeted down to 3.5 percent - from 32 percent in October.
A total of 48 percent believed the country was headed in the wrong direction while 34 percent believed it was headed in the right direction – a strong turnaround from the same time in 2021.
• The poll of 1000 eligible voters was taken from May 4 to May 11 and has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.