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Housing has brought Nats down: Little

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 8/08/2016

Labour leader Andrew Little  © Getty Images Labour leader Andrew Little  The government's opponents believe the housing shortage is the reason National has lost support in the latest opinion poll.

The Newshub-Reid Research poll, released on Monday, has National on 45.1 per cent, down almost two per cent.

Labour and the Greens together have 44.2 per cent.

Neither National nor Labour and the Greens would have enough seats to govern alone, meaning NZ First - on just over eight per cent - would hold the balance of power.

Labour leader Andrew Little believes voters are reacting to the housing shortage.

"Everything National has done about housing has been an absolute dog's breakfast," he said.

"They can't be trusted to fix the housing crisis."

NZ First leader Winston Peters has been saying for months that immigration is the main reason for the housing shortage and soaring prices.

"They've failed to listen, and now they've got a tiger by the tail called immigration and massive consumption," he said.

Prime Minister John Key says there's always a lag time when it comes to housing.

"As much as we would like to click our fingers and create more houses, that takes time," he said.

He isn't worried about the poll results.

"Polls move around a few points. On the overall scheme of things it's consistent with where we won our elections in 08, 11 and 14, so not dramatic," he said.

"Every election under MMP is a tight one and National's well and truly aware it needs to poll a pretty big number to form the government - 45 per cent's a pretty big number."


* National - 45.1 per cent

* Labour - 32.7 per cent

* Greens - 11.5 per cent

* NZ First - 8.1 per cent

* Maori Party - 1.3 per cent

* ACT - 0.2 per cent

* United Future - 0.1 per cent

(Margin of error +/- 3.1 per cent)

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