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Poll shows small gains for opposition

NZ NewswireNZ Newswire 7/06/2016

Labour and the Greens have made small gains in the latest poll but they're still well short of beating National on their own.

The One News Colmar-Brunton poll that's just been released shows National down two points to 48 per cent - no budget bounce for the government.

Labour gained one point to 29 per cent and the Greens two points to 12 per cent.

NZ First was steady on nine per cent.

The poll was taken after Labour and the Greens announced they had agreed to work together in the lead up to next year's election.

With seats in parliament calculated on the poll results, there would be 122 MPs and the outcome would be too close to call.

Under one scenario there would be a hung parliament - no winners.

Under any scenario, Labour and the Greens would need NZ First to have a chance of defeating National and its support parties.

In the preferred prime minister stakes John Key was still way out in front, steady on 39 per cent.

NZ First's Winston Peters was second, gaining two points to 12 per cent, with Labour's Andrew Little trailing on an unchanged seven per cent.

The poll had a margin of error of plus or minus about three per cent.

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