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Poll finds twice as many Kiwis prefer Seymour over Collins

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Poll finds twice as many Kiwis prefer Seymour over Collins
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The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll has found that twice as many Kiwis prefer ACT leader David Seymour over National's Judith Collins. 

And with National failing to capitalise on discontent with the Government's COVID-19 response, the top of Collins' concerns will be her own possible sacking.

"I think it's really important we stay focussed on the issues," Collins told Newshub. "What's really important is that we're focussed on the things that matter."

But her caucus - and the country - don't think she actually is, and Seymour is smashing her. Ask him why people like him so much more than Collins, and pow: "We're not into crushing people."

As preferred Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is still leagues ahead on 41.7 percent, but she has taken a decent 3.8 percentage point knock. © As preferred Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is still leagues ahead on 41.7 percent, but she has take... As preferred Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is still leagues ahead on 41.7 percent, but she has taken a decent 3.8 percentage point knock.


Yet he is crushing the artist formerly known as Crusher Collins.

As preferred Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern is still leagues ahead on 41.7 percent, but she has taken a decent 3.8 percentage point knock.

Collins is in dire straits on 6.1 percent, down 2.1. Nearly twice as many people prefer Seymour, who's on 11.9 percent, up 3.3.

Adding insult to injury, both Collins' caucus foes are registering. Christopher Luxon and Simon Bridges are each on 2.5 percent. 

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Bridges is the greatest threat for the moment, being cheered on by his colleagues for another spin in the captain's seat. 

Collins says she's not worried. 

"No, not at all," she told Newshub. "It's just not happening."

Seymour isn't either. 

"Oh look, I've worked with five National leaders. If they did change to Simon Bridges that would be 5.5."

For Ardern, taking on anti-vaxxers is the least of her worries. Her COVID-19 response has been confusing Kiwis, but her name is still not tarnished beyond repair. 

When asked if she'd noticed a shift in support for her, Ardern told Newshub: "I wouldn't necessarily say that I would be the person to judge that individually."

On Newshub's poll, ACT doubles its MPs - but Seymour wants more.

"I want ACT to be the biggest party it can be; whether or not we overtake the National Party is totally up to voters."

The Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted between November 10-17 with a margin of error of 3.1 percent.

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