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New Zealand's PM Jacinda Ardern on Track to Win September Election, Poll Shows

FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020.  REUTERS/Loren Elliott/POOL/File Photo

FILE PHOTO: New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern visits Admiralty House in Sydney, Australia, February 28, 2020. REUTERS/Loren Elliott/POOL/File Photo

The 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll showed Labour's popularity at 53%, a rise of 3 percentage points from late June.

  • Last Updated: August 6, 2020, 10:27 AM IST
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Support for New Zealand's Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern rose during July, a poll showed on Thursday, keeping her Labour party on track to win a general election in September.

The 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll showed Labour's popularity at 53%, a rise of 3 percentage points from late June. If repeated in the elections, that would allow the party to govern on its own rather than in coalition.

The opposition National party lost 6 percentage points to 32%, after a series of scandals and a change of leader.

Support for incoming Nationals chief Judith Collins rose to 20% on a preferred prime minister basis, far higher than previous party leaders, but still well behind Ardern, whose popularity was steady at 54%.

A Nationals lawmaker resigned this month after being accused of sending a sexually explicit image to a young woman, while another resigned after admitting to leaking the names of coronavirus patients to media.

A Newshub-Reid Research Poll released on Sunday showed Labour popularity rose to 60.9%, its highest in the poll's history.

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