New post-election poll shows Labour has missed out on traditional support bounce

There has been no big poll bounce for the Labour led coalition government in the first Q and A 1 News Colmar Brunton Poll since the election.

Our Q+A 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll shows National's support up, while the coalition partners combined stay much the same. Source: 1 NEWS

The poll shows support for Labour and its two support partners has remained broadly in line with the election result, while support for National has lifted slightly.

In 1999 and 2008 the incoming governments both experienced strong poll bounces after taking office.

In the party vote standings National remains the largest party at 46 percent, up slightly on its election night result of 44.4. Labour has made a gain of around 2 percent on its election night result and is on 39 percent.

Its coalition partner New Zealand First has slipped around 2 percent on its election night result to 5 percent. The Greens, however, had made a small gain climbing from 6.3 percent at the election to 7 percent. When translated into seats in Parliament, it would see the governing coalition with 63 seats. That’s the same number of seats it holds now.

The Q+A Colmar Brunton poll also, however, revealed a big jump in support for Jacinda Ardern as preferred Prime Minister. Source: Q+A

But while Labour may not have made huge strides since the election, Jacinda Ardern is doing well in the preferred Prime Minister stakes. She’s at 37 percent compared to Bill English’s 28 percent. Winston Peters is on 5.

The Poll also asked Kiwis whether they thought the current government is heading in the right or wrong direction. 51 percent felt it was going in the right direction. 26 Percent said the wrong direction and 23 percent don’t know.

The poll of just over 1000 eligible voters was taken between November 29 and December 5 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.

In the past, 1 News Colmar Brunton polls have exclusively done poll interviews via landline phones.

However, this poll marks a break with that tradition, with interviews done via a 50/50 split of mobile phones and landlines.