Nats Down in Poll

parliamentRoy Morgan poll show National down, but still in the driving seat

By Alan Tristram

The latest Roy Morgan Poll shows National at 48%, down 1.5% in a fortnight.

National still retains a strong election-winning lead over a potential Labour/ Greens alliance (40%, unchanged). But the recent rows over Chinese businessman Donghua Liu haven’t cut into Labour’s support.

Support for Key’s Coalition partners has raised slightly overall with the Maori Party 1.5% (up 0.5%), Act NZ (1%, up 0.5%) and United Future 0% (unchanged).

Support for the Labour Party is unchanged at 28%, the Greens are unchanged at 12%, New Zealand First is 5.5% (up 1.5%) and the Internet-Mana Party alliance is at 2.5% (unchanged).

Support for the Conservative Party of NZ is 1% (down 0.5%) and support for Independent/ Others is 0.5% (down 0.5%). If a Nati

Gary Morgan comments: “Although Prime Minister John Key’s remarks to the National Party Conference over the weekend will not have impacted on the poll, Key’s announcements of an additional $212 million ‘roading and construction’ package to target regional New Zealand is sure to provide a strong boost to National support in these areas.

“At the 2011 New Zealand Election National won every regional seat in New Zealand bar West Coast Tasman.”

The poll also shows that despite allegations concerning Labour Leader David Cunliffe’s conduct in relation to Chinese businessman Liu in recent weeks, the controversy hasn’t negatively impacted on Labour support.