New political poll skyrockets Judith Collins' favourability for Prime Minister

A new poll has placed National leader Judith Collins' favourability for Prime Minister at 22.6 percent.

The poll was commissioned by The Project with Yabble, and the 500 respondents were asked: Thinking about all current MPs of any party, which one would you personally prefer to be Prime Minister?

The poll's results were revealed on Wednesday and Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern came out on top, with 60.8 percent of people preferring she lead the country. ACT leader David Seymour received 3.2 percent of the vote, Green Party MP Chlöe Swarbrick got 1.4 percent and New Zealand First leader Winston Peters garnered 1.2 percent.

New political poll skyrockets Judith Collins' favourability for Prime Minister
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Collins says her result is "jolly good" for her first day as the National Party's new leader.

"That's an excellent result for any leader of the Opposition on day one. I have to say, I'm thrilled with it," she told The Project. 

"I think every leader of the Opposition says that they don't comment on polls, but just today I will."

She was elected as the party's leader on Tuesday evening after former leader Todd Muller announced his resignation in the morning.

In May's Newshub-Reid Research Poll, Collins was sitting at 3.1 percent in the preferred Prime Minister stakes, down 0.7 percent on the previous poll. Ardern was on 59.5 percent, up 20.8 percent.

The Yabble poll was conducted on July 15 and it has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 percent.