27 Sep 2021

Judith Collins sinks below David Seymour as preferred PM

9:14 pm on 27 September 2021

ACT leader David Seymour has overtaken National's Judith Collins as preferred prime minister in the latest 1News Colmar Brunton Poll, with both major parties taking a hit.

Preferred Prime Minister results in the One News Colmar Brunton poll on September 27, 2021.

Preferred Prime Minister results in the One News Colmar Brunton poll on September 27, 2021. Photo: Jessica Mutch McKay / Twitter

Labour and National both dropped three percentage points, to 43 percent and 26 percent respectively.

On those numbers, Labour would be unable to govern alone.

ACT increased five percentage points to 14 percent, the Green Party was unchanged at 8 percent, and New Zealand First was up two percentage points to 3 percent, while Te Pāti Māori was steady on 2 percent.

Jacinda Ardern remained atop the preferred prime minister rankings at 44 percent, but it was drama on the opposition benches with Collins' approval rating dropping 4 percentage points to 5 percent, below Seymour's 11 percent.

National MPs Christopher Luxon and Simon Bridges were nipping at Collins' heels with 3 percent and 2 percent.

RNZ Political Editor Jane Patterson told Checkpoint while Labour could afford to lose a little bit of support, National couldn't.

The fact Collins was now behind Seymour as preferred prime minister, was "the worst kind of news for that party", Patterson said.

"There are definitely active moves or talk about removing her as a leader from a number of MPs who are very, very unhappy with her leadership and not just her performance but also the kind of culture that is in the caucus at the moment."

But Auckland's alert level 3 is slowing any moves, as is MPs' concerns about talking about themselves or their party in the middle of a pandemic, Patterson said.

It was worrying for National that they remained in the 20s, and also raised questions about who would want to take over as leader at this stage, Patterson said.

Former leader Simon Bridges was the only one being talked about in the caucus, but he has been protesting that he doesn't want the job, Patterson said.