Six months out from the election a new poll has revealed Labour's new deputy leader, Jacinda Ardern, is more popular than leader Andrew Little.

The Newshub poll gives Ms Ardern 10.5 per cent in the preferred prime minister stakes compared with Mr Little's 8.3 per cent.

"It doesn't scare me," Mr Little said.

"It doesn't make me feel awkward. I'm very pleased we have a deputy leader who is so popular."

Prime Minister Bill English scores 25 per cent - he's struggling to achieve the same popularity as his predecessor.

By comparison, in August last year John Key achieved his worst poll result of 36.7 per cent, after consistently achieving figures above 40 per cent.

NZ First leader Winston Peters came in third behind Mr English and Ms Ardern with 8.9 per cent, just ahead of Mr Little.

The poll has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.

Despite Mr English's relative low score, there's little change in the fortunes of the political parties.

National stands on a strong 47.1 per cent against Labour's 30.8 per cent and the Greens' 11.2 per cent, with NZ First on 7.6 per cent.

That shows National is still well ahead of a Labour/Greens alliance, and NZ First would hold the balance of power.

The results also show Gareth Morgan's The Opportunities Party is polling ahead of the other minor parties, which already have a presence in parliament.

TOP has polled at 0.8 per cent in the party vote, compared to 0.7 per cent for the Maori Party and 0.4 per cent each for Act and United Future.

A thousand people were polled, including online respondents for the first time.

A quarter of respondents took part online, while the remainder received the traditional phone call.

NZ Newswire

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