John Key. Photo Getty
A new poll shows Prime Minister John Key's National Party
has picked up support after losing ground at the end of last
The 3 News-Reid Research poll put support for National on
54.4 per cent, up 4.4 percentage points, while support for
Labour dipped two points to 32.6 per cent.
That means National would have enough votes to govern alone
if the poll results were reflected in an election.
The resurgence comes after the last 3 News poll showed Labour
and its support parties would have enough support to form a
The new poll shows support for the Greens has fallen by 2.2
points to 10.8 per cent, while support for New Zealand First
has increased by 1.4 points to 3.4 per cent - which is still
below the 5 per cent threshold needed to get back into
Parliament under MMP.
Of the minor parties, the Conservatives picked up 0.2 of a
point, putting them on 0.9 per cent, while the Maori Party
dropped 0.8 to 0.4 per cent.
Act and Mana dropped 0.1 each, to 0.1 and 0.0 per cent
Mr Key remains the preferred prime minister, with 41.0 per
Support for Labour leader s David Shearer was at 10.0 per
cent, New Zealand First's Winston Peters at 4.7 per cent and
the Greens co-leader Russel Norman at 1.8 per cent.