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National continues to ride high in the polls

Published: 6:31PM Sunday April 18, 2010 Source: ONE News

Despite a month of contentious issues, the public's love affair with the National-led government continues according to the latest ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll.

The government is about to raise GST, is planning to mine parts of the conservation estate, the seabed and foreshore is again up for debate and critics are talking about a separate Maori welfare system.

But none of this is having any obvious impact on the government's popularity with the poll showing National remains on 54% support - 21 points clear of Labour on 33%.  The Greens are around the 5% threshold and Act and the Maori Party are hovering around 2%.

Translating the results into seats in parliament, National would have 71 seats and Labour 44. Assuming electorate seats are held the Maori Party would have five, Act two and United Future and the Progressives one seat each.

Prime Minister John Key has been sharing the world stage with some big international names recently but back home he has no real competition. He is the preferred Prime Minister for 48% of voters and Labour leader Phil Goff just can't compete with a paltry 8% support.

Labour's campaign against a signalled increase in GST doesn't seem to be working and voters don't seem concerned about the wider economy, with 65% believing it will get better over the next year, 16% thinking things will stay about the same and just 19% predicting the economy will get worse.

The poll surveyed 1000 people from April 10-14 and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.