Labour no longer could govern alone according to the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll, plunging 9.7 per cent to 43 per cent.
National is up 1.7 per cent to 28.7 per cent.
Meanwhile Act has jumped 4.2 per cent to 11.1 per cent.
The Green Party has also absorbed some of Labour’s dip increasing 1.4 per cent to 8.5 per cent and New Zealand First too has gained 1.5 per cent to 3.4 per cent.
Ardern is still the preferred prime minister at 45.5 per cent, down 2.6 per cent. National leader Judith Collins has jumped by the same margin up to 8.2 per cent, but sits behind Act leader David Seymour on 8.6 per cent after he received a 3 per cent bump.
When asked who they preferred, voters chose Seymour over Collins by a significant margin – 41.7 per cent to 25.9 per cent, with 32.4 per cent reporting they did not know.
The poll comes after a turbid few months for the National Party, with the high profile retirement of veteran MP Nick Smith citing an employment issue, and former leader Todd Muller’s forced retirement.
The Labour-led Government has also come under increasing scrutiny over the Covid-19 response, in particular the vaccination rollout and immigration and managed isolation and quarantine issues.
Results from the last Newshub poll showed Labour at 52.7 per cent (up 2.7 percentage points from election night), and National at 27 per cent (up 1.4 percentage points).
In the preferred PM stakes, Jacinda Ardern polled at 48.1 per cent (down 4.5 percentage points); Judith Collins was at 5.6 per cent (down 12.8 percentage points).
Former PM John Key was higher than Collins on 6.7 per cent, while backbench MP Christopher Luxon was on 2.4 per cent.
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