Jenna Lynch Analysis: Newshub-Reid Research results show Election 2023 is on a knife-edge

ANALYSIS: Election 2023 really is on a knife edge.

Other than Te Pāti Māori, no party will be stoked with the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll.

The right bloc is failing to reap the rewards from the left's constant state of omni-scandal.

With Labour needing both the Greens and Te Pāti Māori to form a Government on these results, Chris Hipkins is staring down a three-headed coalition. 

Labour has been there recently with the Greens and New Zealand First and, well, they don't have the fondest of memories of that.

The results show National's Christopher Luxon falling in the preferred PM stakes and nearly half of New Zealanders thinking he is out of touch.

His personality problems have bedded in. It's beginning to feel like the public just isn't that into him.

Our last poll showed voters don't trust him, and now these out-of-touch numbers are brutal. That's about relatability. 

Digging deeper into the data and even 20 percent of National voters think he's out of touch. One in five of his own voters can't relate to him.  

The main takeaway though is that Election 2023 is all up for grabs and that can only be good for voters. 

These parties are going to have to earn your vote - and that spells a policy bonanza.

For Labour, that starts on Thursday with the Budget. They have five months to the day to make their case. 

And with the race this close, every second counts.

Jenna Lynch is Newshub's Political Editor.