Labour-Green block edges National in latest poll

A second poll in a week shows National sliding and the Maori Party poised to play king-maker.

A 3News-Reid Research poll released this morning show's National's popularity taking a hit from its class size policy.

The poll of 1000 was carried out between May 29 and June 6.

The government backed down on its class size policy on June 7.

The poll has National dropping 4% to 45.8%.

Labour rises 3.8% to 33.2%, while the Greens are up 0.3% to 14%.

As a block, the two left-wing parties have 47.2%, edging ahead of National.

NZ First was on 2.8%, the Maori Party on 1.4%, the Conservatives on 1.1%, ACT on 0.5% and Mana on 0.3%.

Assuming minor the minor parties held their single electorates, National would have 57 seats - or 59 with United and ACT in support.

Labour would have 42 and the Greens 18.

If it held its three seats, such a result would leave the Maori Party as king-maker - the same scenario as a One News-Colmar Brunton poll released last week, which also found National dipping to be neck-and-neck with the combined Labour-Greens block.

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