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National's popularity undented in new poll

Published: 6:11PM Sunday April 01, 2012 Source: ONE News

The first ONE News Colmar Brunton poll taken since the General Election last november reveals that National's popularity remains intact, despite the on-going ACC controversy.

The polling was done in the period of Nick Smith's resignation, the on-going ACC controversy, and questions being raised over the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade (MFAT) restructuring.

Despite this, National's party vote support is at 51%, up 1% since the previous Colmar Brunton poll. This would see the party with 65 seats, enough to govern alone.

The Labour Party was up one percent too, to be at 29%. The Green Party rose one percent, to be at 11%.

Prime Minister John Key has dropped four points in the preferred Prime Minister stakes, to 48%.

David Shearer makes his first appearance in the poll as preferred Prime Minister, at 11%. At the time of the last poll, then-Labour leader Phil Goff sat at 15%.

New Zealand First leader Winston Peters is steady at 3%.His party has fallen three percentage points to 3%, below the five percent threshold for returning to Parliament.

Voters were also surveyed on their views on the economy, with 50% having an positive outlook, up six percentage points. 32% remain pessimistic, with the reminder believing there will be no change.

The poll surveyed 1007 eligible voters, from 24th-28th March 2012.

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