From 'scary' to 'tough' and 'aggressive': Kiwi voters describe National leader Judith Collins in one word

In the latest Newshub-Reid Research Poll, respondents described National's new leader as "tough" and "aggressive", while more than half felt that Jacinda Ardern is New Zealand's "saviour".

The Newshub-Reid Research Poll also asked Kiwi voters to describe Judith Collins in one word. The more a word came up, the higher up the list it went. 

Collins' top 10 are: "don't know", "strong", "tough", "Crusher", "aggressive", "untrustworthy", "good", "experienced", "unsure" and "scary". 

There's some nasty stuff in there too, but by no means as brutal as the response to the Newshub-Reid Research Poll in May when Simon Bridges was leader. Nor was it as positive as Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's back in May either. 

The sentiment still stands in the streets with people Newshub spoke to in Wellington on Tuesday describing Ardern as "respectful, "kind", "impressive" and "saviour". 

People on the streets of Wellington described Collins as "mysterious", "interesting", "racist", "strong", "capable", "wily" and "scary".

"Saviour" is also how Ardern was described at her recent Labour Party conference

It was a big call, so Newshub put it to the test with voters, asking them if they agree or disagree that Ardern is New Zealand's saviour. 

A majority of New Zealanders - 53.2 percent - do think Ardern is New Zealand's saviour while 38.8 percent disagree. 

And they're not all Labour supporters - in fact, 19.9 percent of National Party voters think Ardern is New Zealand's saviour. 

Newshub asked Ardern if she is New Zealand's saviour. 

"No, no, I'm someone who's here to do a job," she replied. 

Collins would probably agree, but there's no point asking her about Newshub's latest poll. She described the poll on Tuesday as "nonsense". 

The National Party leader only believes her internal numbers. 

"I'm not going to give them to you," she told reporters, "I'm going to give them to the National Party caucus."

Which she did, and then the National Party caucus gave them to Newshub. 

Analysis by Political Editor Tova O'Brien

Several National MPs have leaked to us after their caucus meeting on Tuesday morning, and indeed, their internal polling is very different from our much more comprehensive public poll -National is on 36 or 37 percent depending on the polling period, while Labour is on 47 percent. 

Some MPs I spoke to are treating those numbers with "a high level of scepticism". 

Another made the point that it's still nowhere near enough to win. Remember, before National's tail spin anything in the 30s was considered a disaster for the leader. 

But despite that, and even though their numbers don't square with everything the party's gone through, this will quell some of the disquiet in caucus - though, clearly not all.