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Labour releases its private polling

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 12/09/2016

Labour has taken the unprecedented step of releasing its private poll results.

The UMR snapshot shows National on 40 per cent - lower than in any published survey and way down on the 48 per cent in the One News Colmar-Brunton poll released on Monday.

That poll showed Labour slumping to 26 per cent, and party leader Andrew Little has rejected the Colmar-Brunton results.

Labour's own poll puts the party on 31 per cent, which is in line with other published polls.

However, Labour says it is treating the 40 per cent figure "with caution".

Mr Little says it "simply isn't credible" for the Colmar-Brunton poll to be accurate when it shows the government on 48 per cent - as popular now as it was on election night two years ago.

"It's in stark contrast to other published polls and our own internal polling," Mr Little told reporters.

"It simply isn't credible to say the government is as popular today as it was two years ago, given all the growing concerns and its failure to deal with housing, the homeless, falling education achievement and rising crime."

Prime Minister John Key doesn't doubt the Colmar-Brunton figures.

"It's pretty close to what we've been seeing for a while," he said.

"Andrew is getting angry with the polls, but the real issue is a trend we've been seeing in our polls - once Labour married the Greens, centrist voters don't see them as a credible option."

The One News poll showed the Greens up one point to 13 per cent and NZ First up two points to 11 per cent.

The results meant that if an election was held now, National would be able to form a government with its existing partners.

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