Polls suggest that New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern's strong lead ahead of national elections isn't going away, with just over a week to go until the vote.
That's according to the closely watched 1News-Colmar Brunton poll released Thursday (October 8).
It showed Ardern's Labour party on 47% support -- a double-digit lead over the main opposition National Party on 32%.
And it remains unchanged since the last poll on September 28th.
It means Labour, which is campaigning on its record of bringing coronavirus under control within New Zealand's borders, would have 60 seats in parliament.
That's one short of the 61 needed to govern alone, but the poll showed support for its coalition partner the Green Party was at 6% -- which would give it eight seats.
Thursday's poll did show that Ardern's popularity as preferred prime minister has dropped four percentage points to 50%, though.
But she is still ahead of conservative leader Judith Collins on 23%.
From 2008-2017, when the Nationals led New Zealand, Collins was a minister whose portfolios included police, veterans affairs and justice.
She was elected leader of her party earlier this year and has criticised Ardern for what she calls a failure to fix a housing crisis and tackle child poverty.
Ardern has gained global prominence in recent years due to her country's success in tackling the pandemic, and for her response to a white supremacist attack on two mosques in 2019.
New Zealanders head to the polls on October 17th.