Ardern leads in NZ as Labour loses ground
Jacinda Ardern's governing Labour party has taken a hit in the latest political poll in New Zealand, though the PM's personal popularity remains strong.
In the Newshub-Reid Research poll, Labour leads opposition party National 43 per cent to 29.
Labour's result is down ten points from the last poll, taken in May, and if produced on election day would mean Ms Ardern would rely on support from the Greens (polling nine per cent, up one) to govern.
The biggest repercussion from the poll may land on the political right.
Right-wing libertarian outfit ACT have surged to poll a record 11 per cent, up four.
Their leader - clean cut, on-message and stunt-friendly David Seymour - has also jumped to be ahead of opposition leader Judith Collins.
Asked who would they'd prefer to be prime minister, and who would make a better leader, Mr Seymour out-polled Ms Collins on both fronts.
Embarrassingly for Ms Collins, Mr Seymour also outpolled her among supporters of her own party.
"I'm not worried about minor parties," the embattled Ms Collins told Newshub, a week out from her party's national conference.
Ms Collins' National lost the 2020 poll convincingly and few observers of Kiwi politics see her time in the leadership lasting until the 2023 election.
The lack of an obvious replacement for the 62-year-old, and a lack of appetite for the job during Ms Ardern's dominant leadership, has prevented a spill so far.
The Newshub-Reid Research poll is one of two authoritative public pollsters in New Zealand.
NEW ZEALAND POLL RESULTS
Labour - 43 (down 10)
National - 29 (up 2)
ACT - 11 (up 4)
Greens - 9 (up 1)
New Zealand First - 3 (up 2)
Maori Party - 2 (up 1)
PREFERRED PRIME MINISTER
Jacinda Ardern, Labour - 46 (down 3)
Judith Collins, National - 8 (up 3)
David Seymour, ACT - 9 (up 3)
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