Jacinda Ardern confident latest poll reflects people 'support what we've tried to achieve'

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern believes the results of the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll, showing Labour still with a strong lead, is because people support actions taken by the Government in "difficult circumstances". 

In the first Newshub-Reid Research poll for the year on Monday, Ardern's Labour was still towering over its competition at just over 44 percent.

Support has also shifted towards National - up just over four points to 31.3 percent - but that was largely at the expense of the right-bloc ACT Party which suffered an eight-point percentage drop.

Ardern's popularity also saw a slight uptick. According to the poll results, 58.4 percent of people think she's performing well - up 1.5 points on her last result. 

Speaking to Three's new morning show AM on Tuesday, Ardern remained confident in her party's standing.

"I, of course, talk to people regularly, receive correspondence from people regularly - do everything I can to get out and about and hear people's feedback. There is support for what we're doing in really difficult circumstances," Ardern said.

She said the Government has had a plan throughout the pandemic.

"The results speak for themselves. No one, globally, has got away scot-free but we have done better than many.

"That doesn't mean it's been easy but I do believe that New Zealanders support what we've tried to achieve and that is to keep everyone well and to have a strong economy."

Elsewhere in the party vote for the Newshub-Reid Research poll, the Green Party was at 9.6 percent - obtaining a 2.4 point increase. The Māori Party remains at 2 percent.

The Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted between January 22 - February 4 2022 with a margin of error of 3.1 percent.