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Key and Little drop in latest poll

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 24/05/2016

Prime Minister John Key's popularity has dropped in the latest opinion poll, and so has Labour leader Andrew Little's.

The Newshub-Reid Research poll released on Tuesday shows 36.7 per cent of respondents chose Mr Key as their preferred prime minister.

That's a drop of 2.8 points and Newshub says it's his lowest point since he took office in 2008.

Mr Little also slumped to his lowest ranking, down 1.5 points to 8.9 per cent.

NZ First's Winston Peters is the only leader to gain support - he's up 2.8 points to 12.1 per cent.

Despite Mr Key's personal popularity falling, the National Party is still strong on 47 per cent, a drop of just 0.3 of a point.

In the 2014 election, National won 47.04 per cent of the vote.

Labour is down, but only by 0.9 of a point, to 31.3 per cent.

That compares with its election night 25 per cent.

There's little change in the other parties and, in line with other recent surveys, the poll shows a Labour/Greens alliance wouldn't have enough votes to beat National.

NZ First, on 7.8 per cent, would be able to decide the winner.

The margin of error was plus or minus 3.1 per cent.

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