Poll: Christopher Luxon rises in preferred Prime Minister stakes, Labour's popularity slips

Support for Jacinda Ardern has dropped in the preferred Prime Minister stakes to her lowest result since 2017 in the first major political poll of the year

Labour and the prime minister have taken a hit in the new 1News Kantar poll, but could still form a government with the Greens.

Today's poll saw Labour drop 1 point to 40 percent, while the National Party were up 4 point to 32 percent. Act has dropped three points to 11 percent and support for the Green Party remains unchanged at 9 percent.

Under these numbers, a Labour/Greens government would be possible.

Ardern fell 4 points to 35 percent in the preferred prime minister question, with Christopher Luxon up 13 points to 17 percent, while Act leader David Seymour's numbers fell fell from 11 percent to 6 percent.

In the previous Colmar Brunton poll in November, Labour got 41 percent, National got 28, ACT got 14, the Greens got 9 percent and the Māori Party was at 1 percent.

Colmar Brunton merged with London-based data analytics firm Kantar's Australian arm in 2020, with the Colmar Brunton brand being phased out at the end of last year.