Exclusive: Top issues for Kiwis revealed - and how they grade the Government

Newshub can reveal the latest Ipsos New Zealand Issues Monitor results - and it's tough times for the Government.

The number of Kiwis concerned about crime has soared. It's up from fourth to the second-most-important issue to Kiwis - with 35 percent saying it's a key issue.

Inflation is still by far the number one concern for Kiwis, with 60 percent saying it's a key issue for them.

Healthcare and hospitals is in third with 31 percent.

Fewer Kiwis are as concerned about housing - it's fallen from the second spot in February to fourth with 29 percent.

And rounding out the top five is the economy - with 27 percent saying that's a concern.

The Issues Monitor polled Kiwis in the week before the Budget and it shows the coalition is still struggling to get any traction with Kiwis. They gave the Government a grade of 4.6 out of 10 - not even a pass mark.

That number hasn't changed since they came to power last year. And it's a whisker ahead of the previous Labour Government's worst mark of 4.5 out of 10.

The bad news doesn't stop.

National is also losing ground on issues to Labour. Before the election Kiwis thought the blue team were better able to manage eight of the top 10 issues facing the country - that has fallen to just four out of 10 which is even-stevens with the red team.