National Party comfortably in the lead
Prime Minister John Key’s National Party is way ahead in two opinion polls published today.
One poll for 3 News conducted by Reid Research puts the Nationals on 54% of the vote, Labour on 28.8% and the Greens on 9.3%. Coalition partners ACT New Zealand are on 2.2% and the Maori Party on 1.5%.
In another poll for One News by Colmar Brunton the Nationals are on 56% and Labour on 30% with the Greens on 6%, ACT on 1.7% and The Maori Party on 1.4%.
John Key also remains personally popular with 57% saying they prefer him to be prime minister, a rise of 3% on the previous poll. Just 8% of the voters prefer to see Phil Goff, the Labour leader, as their prime minister.
The Nationals won the last general election on 8th November 2008 with 44.93% of the vote. The next election will be held on 26th November this year.