A poll to ponder
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.