WELLINGTON (BLOOMBERG) - Support for New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's government remains strong despite a six-week absence after the birth of her daughter, a new poll shows.
Ardern's Labour Party had 42 per cent support in a poll published by Television New Zealand on Sunday (Aug 5), down just one percentage point from the previous survey.
With coalition partner New Zealand First on 5 per cent and support party the Greens on 6 per cent, the government remains comfortably ahead of the opposition National Party, which was unchanged on 45 per cent, even though it is the largest-polling party.
New Zealand First leader Winston Peters was Acting Prime Minister while she was away.
Ardern remains the clear leader in terms of most-preferred prime minister, the TVNZ poll showed. She had 40 per cent support compared with 10 per cent for National leader Simon Bridges and 5 per cent for Peters.