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Budget lifts National in latest poll

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 7/06/2017

Last month's budget has given National a boost in the latest opinion poll, the party is up three points to 49 per cent.

The 1News Colmar Brunton poll released on Wednesday puts National at its highest level in six months, 19 points ahead of Labour and 10 points ahead of a Labour/Greens alliance.

Labour is steady on 30 per cent, while the Greens lose two points to go down to nine per cent.

NZ First gains a point, and is also on nine per cent.

Translated into seats in parliament, National would have 59, Labour 37, and the Greens and NZ First 11 each.

That means National could achieve a majority - 61 seats - with two of its current three partner parties United Future, ACT and the Maori Party.

Gareth Morgan's Opportunities Party has shown up in the poll at one per cent. It will need five per cent to get an MP into parliament.

In the preferred prime minister stakes, Bill English gained three points to reach 29 per cent, Labour leader Andrew Little gained one point to eight per cent, Winston Peters was on seven per cent and Jacinda Ardern, Labour's deputy leader, was on six per cent.

In the 2014 election, National won a third term with 47 per cent.

Labour gained 25 per cent, the Greens 10.7 per cent and NZ First 8.6 per cent.

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