Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern isn't troubled by new poll results showing a growing number of voters believe she's performing badly.
The fresh Newshub-Reid Research poll results, revealed by political editor Tova O'Brien on The AM Show on Monday, show 32.2 percent of voters believe Ardern is performing badly - up 5.1 percentage points from July.
Earlier poll results on Sunday showed Ardern's Labour party was down 0.3 points while she was also down 3.8 points as preferred Prime Minister - although she's still miles ahead (41.7 percent) of second-placed ACT Party leader David Seymour (11.9 percent).
Ardern told The AM Show hard decisions had to be made in the past few months.
"It's been a really tough environment. The fact that we see such a steady state for ourselves and those parties we've been working with is, in my mind, actually a cause for confidence and the decisions that we're making."
Sunday night's poll result showed Labour couldn't govern alone as it does now but could get over the line with the help of the Green party. But the Greens also took a dive - down 1.3 percentage points to 7.2.
"It has been hard - but you can see the trajectory we're on and the fact that things are easing and will be different… I know many take heart from that," Ardern said on Monday.
O'Brien said things weren't looking good for the major Opposition National Party either - as it fails to keep voters on its side. Sunday's poll showed support for the party was down 1.8 points to 28.9 percent.
And it's even worse for the party's leader Judith Collins. The poll showed 58.8 percent of voters believe she's performing badly - up 8.3 points from July.
The minor Opposition ACT party continues to close the gap on National, up 4.9 points to 16. Twice as many New Zealand voters would also prefer ACT leader Seymour than Collins, the poll showed.