Newshub-Reid Research poll: National MPs react to results, Christopher Luxon's preferred PM rankings

  • 16/05/2023

National MPs have reacted to the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll results.

They showed National slipping 1.3 points to 35.3 percent and Labour down 2.1 points to 35.9 percent. The Greens sat at 8.1 perent, while ACT was up a smidge of 0.1 to 10.8 percent. 

On their own, neither the National and ACT nor the Labour and Greens blocs could form government on those numbers, so they'd need Te Pāti Māori. It received 3.5 percent of the vote, enough to get it five seats if it wins an electorate seat.

However, while the two main parties are neck and neck, questions have been raised over whether National leader Christopher Luxon is holding the party back. His preferred Prime Minister numbers have fallen and he's seen as out of touch by 47 percent of Kiwis. 

While National rose from the mid-20s into the 40s after he took over the leadership, the party has since fallen down into the mid-30s.

Watch the video above for National MP's reaction to the results and whether they think it's too close to the October 14 election to change leaders.