New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has recorded her lowest approval rating since taking office in August 2017 in a recent poll

New Zealanders are turning against Jacinda Ardern as she suffers a HUGE poll shock with voter support plummeting to the lowest level since she took office

  • Support for NZ’s prime minister Jacinda Ardern has plunged in a recent poll
  • Ms Ardern recorded her lowest approval rating since she took office in 2017
  • Labour’s popularity fell to 33 per cent while the Nationals rose to 38 per cent
  • It comes amid concerns from Kiwis about the cost of living and crime in NZ

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s popularity has plunged to its lowest level since 2017 when she took office.

The damning results for Ms Ardern and the country’s Labour party were revealed in a Kantar One News Poll released on Tuesday night. 

The declining support for Labour comes amid concerns from Kiwis about the country’s cost of living crisis and the increasingly prevalence of violent crime.

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has recorded her lowest approval rating since taking office in August 2017 in a recent poll

New Zealand prime minister Jacinda Ardern (pictured) has recorded her lowest approval rating since taking office in August 2017 in a recent poll

Labour’s popularity has slipped one per cent to 33 per cent while the country’s major centre-right party, the Nationals, rose one per cent to 38 per cent.

The results have increased the Nationals’ lead over Labour who have seen a decline in support post-pandemic. 

Jacinda Ardern’s approval rating fell one per cent to 29 per cent in the poll. It’s her lowest result since she became the prime minister in August 2017.

As Mr Ardern’s popularity faltered, Nationals party leader Christopher Luxon has gained momentum, going from 21 per cent to 23 per cent.

The Green party polled at nine per cent and the Māori party remained at two per cent 

The Libertarian Act party saw the biggest jump in popularity, with the poll showing a boost from two to 11 per cent.

It means the Nationals would be able to form a coalition with the Libertarian Act party without needing other political partners. 

NZ First – the party of veteran populist Winston Peters and Ms Ardern’s deputy PM during her first term – has risen to four per cent, just short of the threshold of five per cent to gain parliamentary representation. 

The Labour party's popularity has fallen to 33 per cent while the country's major centre-right party, the Nationals, increased their lead to 38 per cent

The Labour party’s popularity has fallen to 33 per cent while the country’s major centre-right party, the Nationals, increased their lead to 38 per cent

While Jacinda Ardern still remains the country's preferred leader, Nationals party leader Christopher Luxon (pictured) has gained momentum, increasing his support to 23 per cent

While Jacinda Ardern still remains the country’s preferred leader, Nationals party leader Christopher Luxon (pictured) has gained momentum, increasing his support to 23 per cent

Labour previously held record support during the Covid pandemic – reporting 53 per cent in December 2020 – as many approved of the measures taken to protect Kiwis from the virus. 

But those impressive results have taken a nosedive as Jacinda Ardern admits it’s been a ‘difficult time to be in government’. 

‘You see us as a government coming forward with ideas and proposals to take on those challenges. Contrast that to the alternative – the Opposition has not produced those ideas,’ she told TVNZ.

‘Our job is to crack on because we have the privilege of governing, and that is what we’re doing.’

In recent months, Ms Ardern’s government appears increasingly engaged in fighting political spot-fires, responding to opposition attacks rather than promoting its own agenda. 

Cost of living pressures fuelled by high inflation and rising interest rates are hurting Kiwis, while crime heavily featured in media coverage during the polling period.

In one incident, a milk bar worker was murdered in Ms Ardern’s own electorate, sparking nationwide protests and even a lunchtime strike by local store owners.

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