Jacinda Ardern 'proud' despite latest poll results

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern is taking Labour's dip in the latest Colmar Brunton poll with a grain of salt.

The party fell to 39 percent support, its lowest level since December 2017, while National dropped a point to 46 percent.

But Ardern says it's only a one percent difference from the previous poll and she isn't fazed.

"I rely on the feedback I get from New Zealanders, because it does matter to me what they think of how we're doing," she told The AM Show on Tuesday. "The feedback I get is that they see we're making progress and I'm really proud of that."

Ardern said she's always maintained a "healthy skepticism" about polls.

"I don't think the public want us to live poll-to-poll," she said. 

Political commentator Bryce Edwards said next year's election is still anyone's game and what will make things more interesting come election time is the smaller players. 

The Green Party is on seven percent while ACT's popularity continues to grow at two percent, according to the Colmar Brunton poll.

Bryce Edwards.
Bryce Edwards. Photo credit: File

"New Zealand First is below that five-percent threshold, so at this stage, they are looking like they won't make it back in," Edwards told Newshub. "That will have a big impact on whether Labour or National can govern."

Support for Ardern continues to drop. She's down two points as preferred leader to 36 percent.

Edwards said Ardern's popularity overseas doesn't always translate here.

However, Ardern is still well ahead of National leader Simon Bridges, who is at 10 percent.

Simon Bridges.
Simon Bridges. Photo credit: Newshub.

Edwards said MMP elections are always close.

"National and Labour are going to bounce around," he said. "They're both going to be around the 40 percent or mid-40s mark, and they'll swap."

In October, the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll found the age of Jacindamania was over.

Labour was the only party to lose support in Newshub's poll. It fell to 41.6 percent - down by 9.2 percent.

Most of that went to National, which was on 43.9 percent - up 6.5 percent.