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National streets ahead in final ONE News poll for 2010

Published: 7:38PM Sunday December 19, 2010 Source: ONE News

Christmas has come early for National, which ends the year polling more than 20 points ahead of Labour.

But there's no sign of cheer for Phil Goff with the latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll showing him nearly 50 points behind John Key in the preferred Prime Minister stakes.

The 1011 eligible voters were asked: "If a general election was held today, which political party would you vote for?"

Fifty five percent of people said they would vote National, up 1% on September. That's despite two national disasters, a sluggish economy and a sacked minister.

Labour scored 33%, up 1%, but similar to where they began the year.

The Green Party scored 4.5% down 2.5%, and below the 5% threshold.

NZ First were on 3.1% up .7%, the Maori party is steady on 2.2% and ACT a steady blip on .9%.

Voters were also asked who they would prefer out of New Zealand's current MPs as Prime Minister, which was no contest for Key.

Key took 56%, up 4% since September. Phil Goff was on 7%, down one, and Winston Peters poked his nose in again, the choice of 3% of the people.

ONE News political editor Guyon Espiner said the poll results showed if an election was held tomorrow, National would govern alone with 73 seats and the Labour Party would have 43. The Maori Party would end up on 5 and Act, United Future and the Progressives would have one.