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Pre-Budget poll shows little change

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 26/05/2017

A political poll taken before Thursday's Budget shows little change in support for National compared to a Labour/Greens alliance.

Still, Gary Morgan, executive chairman of Roy Morgan Research, says the Budget could be a turning point for National, allowing the government to substantially increase spending across several important areas of the New Zealand economy:

The pre-Budget poll showed support for National was unchanged at 43 per cent, while support for the Maori Party was up half a point to 1.5 per cent and ACT NZ was down one point to 0.5 per cent.

Support for Labour was down a point to 28.5 per cent, while support for the Greens rose a point to 14 per cent. That meant support for any Labour/Greens alliance was unchanged on 42.5 per cent.

Support for New Zealand First, seen as a potential king-maker in September's election, was down half a point to 10 per cent.

Of the parties currently outside parliament, support for the Mana Party rose a point to one per cent.

The telephone poll of 856 electors was taken between May 1 and May 14. Of all electors surveyed, 5.5 per cent didn't name a party.

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