A poll to pon­der

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Time is run­ning out for Labour to turn its sup­port around just months out from the elec­tion with yet an­other poll show­ing it wal­low­ing on 27 per cent.

The One News Col­mar Brun­ton poll also has Labour leader An­drew Lit­tle a dis­tant fourth in the pre­ferred prime min­is­ter stakes.

Na­tional is on 47 per cent about the same re­sult it col­lected on elec­tion night three years ago.

Labour could come within a whisker of stitching to­gether a gov­ern­ment on that num­ber but it would need NZ First and the Greens - which re­newed hos­til­i­ties at the week­end.

The Greens and NZ First are level peg­ging on 11 per cent but NZ First leader Win­ston Peters has climbed up the pre­ferred Prime Min­is­ter rank­ing - at 11 per cent, sec­ond only to Bill English on 26 per cent. Lit­tle’s deputy Jacinda Ardern is third, at 6 per cent, while Lit­tle is on 5 per cent.

English ap­pears to have taken a hit over the Todd Bar­clay fi­asco, slip­ping three points on the last poll.

Labour will be look­ing for a boost from its fam­i­lies pack­age re­leased on Tues­day.

The fam­i­lies pack­age is ex­pected to of­fer an al­ter­na­tive to Na­tional’s $2 bil­lion a year fam­i­lies tax pack­age in the bud­get, which Labour op­posed.

Na­tional’s pack­age in­cluded changes to tax thresh­olds, work­ing for fam­i­lies pay­ments and the ac­com­mo­da­tion sup­ple­ment.

But Na­tional’s changes don’t kick in till April 1, af­ter the elec­tion.

Labour’s win­ter en­ergy pay­ment will pay $700 for cou­ples and par­ents with kids at home, and $450 for sin­gle peo­ple. Lit­tle said around one mil­lion peo­ple will ben­e­fit and the pay­ment will be made in monthly in­stal­ments from May to Septem­ber.

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