Nats strong ahead of Budget — poll
On the eve of the budget, a new poll says National has enough support to govern alone if an election were held tomorrow.
The Fairfax-Ipsos random phone survey of 1011, taken May 10-12, found National support only slightly dented following the Collins and Williamson controversies — a stark contrast to a recent Roy Morgan poll.
The Labour-Greens bloc was flat on around 42% as Labour leaked support to the Greens.
John Key's preferred PM rating dipped 1% to 48.6%.
Labour leader David Cunliffe fell 3.9% to 13.4%.
Late yesterday, Kim Dotcom's Intenet Party announced it had been officially registered.
The party, which is still in negotiations with Mana over a possible shared list, registered 0.6% in the Fairfax-Ipsos poll. Roy Morgan had Dotcom's Party on 1.5% — enough to bring an MP in on Mana leader Hone Harawira's coat-tails if he holds his Maori seat, and the two parties ally. However, new allegations over use of Nazi gestures and racist language by Kim Dotcom might hinder negotiations between the two parties.
Labour has faced its own mini-scandal with revelations that want-to-be Tamaki Makauru candidate Shane Taurima had carried out Labour Party campaigning using TVNZ resources. Leader David Cunliffe has backed a Labour Party Council decision to block Mr Taurima from standing in the seat. However, today Mr Cunliffe faces a challenge from the Tamaki Makauru electorate committee, which continues to back Mr Taurima as the best candidate for the Maori electorate.
Fairfax-Ipsos poll May 10-12: curiablog summary
- National 47.6% (-1.8%)
- Labour 29.5% (-2.3%)
- Green 12.7% (+2.7%)
- NZ First 3.7% (+0.1%)
- Maori 1.9% (+0.8%)
- United Future 0.1% (nc)
- ACT 0.9% (+0.4%)
- Mana 0.5% (+0.2%)
- Conservative 1.6% (-0.5%)
- Internet Party 0.6% (new)
- National 62
- Labour 38
- Green 16
- ACT 1
- Maori 3
- United Future 1
- Mana 1
- NZ First 0
- Total 122
This is based on no change in electorate seats.
- CR – National 62 + ACT 1 + United Future 1 = 64/122 – two more than the minimum needed to govern
- CL – Labour 38 + Greens 16 + Mana 1 = 55/122 – seven fewer than the minimum needed to govern
- C – Maori 3 + NZ First 0 = 3/122
On this poll a centre-right government would be formed.
- John Key 48.6% (-1.0%)
- David Cunliffe 13.4% (-3.9%)
- Winston Peters 3.4% (+0.6%)
- Right 63.6% (-0.1%)