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Labour puts on a brave face after bad poll

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 15/06/2017
Jacinda Ardern © Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images Jacinda Ardern

Labour is doing its best to deal with a dreadful poll result which showed it losing support and trailing National by more than 20 points.

The Newshub Reid Research poll, released on Thursday, gave National 47.4 per cent against Labour's 26.4 - a 4.4 point drop.

The Greens were on 12.5 per cent and NZ First on 9.4 per cent, but even a three-way coalition wouldn't be enough to win a majority in parliament.

National would be able to govern with its current support parties ACT, United Future and the Maori Party - 61 seats against 60 for the combined opposition parties.

Labour's deputy leader Jacinda Ardern says she's looking at it from an MMP perspective and there's only one seat in it.

"It wouldn't take much to turn the ship around," she said on Newshub on Friday.

"There are a range of polls and some of them are giving quite different indications to us."

Ms Ardern said the government got a bounce out of last month's budget.

"You always get that - but people are still saying to us it was a trade-off between a small tax break and investing in health and education."

Acting Prime Minister Paula Bennett, on the same programme, acknowledged the budget had helped.

"The budget did cut through and it did speak to people," she said.

"People are listening to us, they can see our vision and the work we're doing."

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