VIDEO: Politics - Jacinda Ardern poll numbers, discussion on water royalties

15/06/2017

Labour's deputy leader Jacinda Ardern has opened up about the stresses and anxiety of politics, as a new poll has her popularity dropping.

Ms Ardern has graced the cover of Next magazine and in an interview has spoken of the "pretty big weight of responsibility" since taking the leadership role.

"I'm constantly anxious about making mistakes. Everything in politics feels so fragile," she told the magazine.

She was interviewed at her home, which she shares with former TV and radio presenter Clarke Gayford.

"I do live in constant fear of what might be. Clarke really tries to pull me back from the precipice of anxiety a lot, but it's just who I am," she says.

The revealing interview comes the same day as the latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows her popularity plummeted by nearly 4 percent.

Ms Ardern has come in fourth in the preferred Prime Minister stakes, dropping behind her leader Andrew Little, whom she edged out in March's poll.

Ms Ardern has dropped 3.9 percent since then and she now sits with 6.6 percent support as the preferred PM.