Claire Trevett is the New Zealand Herald’s deputy political editor.

New poll spells bad news for Labour - slumps to 26 per cent.

Labour has dropped to just 26 per cent in the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll - its lowest result since the 2014 election before Andrew Little took over as leader.

With one year to go until the next election, Labour was three points lower than in the same poll in June and perilously close to its abysmal 25 per cent result on 2014 election night.

National stayed steady on 48 per cent - the same as its election night result in 2014.

Leader Andrew Little was quick to dismiss the poll result as "bogus" telling One News it did not reflect Labour's own polling. "I think the poll is bogus, I don't accept it."

The only good news for Little was a lift in his own rankings as preferred Prime Minister - he had moved up three points from seven to 10 per cent.

NZ First leader Winston Peters was still ahead of him on 11 per cent and Key remained strong on 38 per cent - down one since June.

The result will disappoint Labour which believed it was making ground against National by targeting the Government's handling of issues such as homelessness and housing affordability.

On the results, Labour would not be able to form a Government even with both the Greens and NZ First, both of which picked up some support.

The Green Party moved from 12 to 13 per cent which would give it 15 MPs in Parliament.

NZ First went up two points to 11 per cent - within a whisker of overtaking the Green Party.

However, it would not be the kingmaker on those results - National would be able to form a Government with its current support parties.

Although Little has claimed Labour's internal polls have the party in better shape the result in the long-running Colmar Brunton poll will concern Labour MPs and gives Little very little room for mistakes in the future.

After a caucus meeting tomorrow, Little is travelling to Canada to attend the Global Progress conference, an international gathering of social democrat party leaders where he will rub shoulders with the likes of Canada's PM Justin Trudeau.

While that might invite jokes about coups while a leader is overseas, there is little appetite for another leadership change in Labour.

It is the first full poll by Colmar Brunton since Labour and the Green Party signed an agreement to work together more closely.

The Maori Party also had a small lift from one per cent to two per cent - possibly a reflection of talks between the party's new President Tuku Morgan and Mana leader Hone Harawira as well as an apparent endorsement from the Maori King.

The poll of just over 1000 voters has a margin of error of +/- 3.1 per cent and was taken from 3-7 September.

- NZ Herald

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