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Labour up in poll - but so is National

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 25/12/2014

  Labour's popularity in rising according to a new poll. © Getty Images Labour's popularity in rising according to a new poll.

Labour's popularity is rising under the leadership of Andrew Little but he's not the preferred prime minister in a new poll.

Labour has risen three points to 28.9 per cent in Herald-DigiPoll conducted in the second and third weeks of December compared to 25.9 per cent in the last week of the campaign before the September 20 election.

National, which formed a coalition government for a third term after the election, is up 2.2 points to 50.4 per centm The New Zealand Herald reports.

New Zealand First is down 2.8 points to 5.6 per cent and the Greens are down 1.6 to 9.5 per cent, the New Zealand Herald reports.

Mr Little, a list MP, was elected as Labour leader on November 18 and his performance has been praised by commentators.

But he's not the preferred prime minister, with only 13.6 per cent of those polled rating him as their first choice in the role while current Prime Minister John Key rates 65 per cent.

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