National more popular than on election night - poll

A year after the elections, the popularity of Prime Minister John Key and his National Government remains high.

The latest Herald-DigiPoll survey shows the Nats have more support now than on election night despite a series of controversial issues during the polling period.

In the survey the party had 57 percent support, 12 points higher than its election result of 45 percent.

The result would give National 73 seats in Parliament, well clear of the 60 it would need to govern, the New Zealand Herald said.

The paper said the rise in National fortunes continued in spite of its messy handling of the television rights to the Rugby World Cup, moves to open ACC to competition, and cuts in the health sector.

Labour struggled 20 points behind National on 32 percent, slightly lower than its election-night result of 34 percent.

Mr Key was the preferred choice of prime minister by 55.3 percent of respondents ahead of former PM Helen Clark on 10.6 percent, and her successor as Labour leader Phil Goff on just 6.2 percent.

Mr Key told the Herald the "pleasing" result was due to the Government focusing "on the issues that matter to New Zealanders".

The poll of 750 respondents was taken from October 15 to October 28.

None of the smaller parties reached the five percent threshold required to get seats in Parliament without an electorate seat.

Rodney Hide's Act party dropped to one percent, the same as NZ First.

The Government's other support party, the Maori Party, was slightly up on previous polls at three percent.

The Green Party slipped to 4.6 percent, compared with its election result of seven percent.

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Great to see that the public seem to have finally recognised that 'career politicians' (mostly academics) are totally out of touch with reality and have done NZ a lot of damage with esoteric 'social engineering' etc. The worm has turned in favour of pragmatic 'doers'. 'Bout time this wet blanket Goff was also sent off-shore to join Auntie Helen and leave their negative style of politics relegated to history. Maybe take idiots like Cosgrove with him as well.

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The longer Goff remains, the better for our country as National's rein will extend. Long live Goff as Labour leader.

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unfortunately though Auntie Hellun and her United Nations are still running New Zealand. Wake up people.

It's called Helen's Emissions Trading Scam and the prevailing Anti-smacking bill....neither have been cancelled, both relate to each other and are dangerous social engineering bills!

Lets just hope Key and Co, in their continual denial, are playing international politics in favour of the time when climate change is debunked for good. Until then, even a watered down ETS will exterminate crucial industries...in favour of what??

Nothing.

This is as the opportunities the ETS talks of are pure fiction. Have you read it. Its laughable, pure farce, nonsense, dribble...toilet paper at best.

Key and co know this. Key and Co, if they have any resolve, should Tell the Un to stick it or, are they collaborators with them.

Time will tell

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