A referendum on retaining MMP could be a tight race, a poll released yesterday shows.
The poll, by Research New Zealand, of 500 people found that 45 percent were in favour of retaining MMP, 42 percent were against and 13 percent were unsure.
The poll was conducted between September 8 and 10 and has a margin of error of 4.5 percent
National has confirmed that it will honour its election pledge to hold a referendum on MMP, probably to coincide with the 2011 election.
Prime Minister John Key said recently Cabinet was still working on its details, including how the referendum was structured, what question or questions would be asked and when it should be held.
He felt there was no great groundswell to change the electoral system, but after five elections since it replaced the first-past-the-post system it was time to give voters a chance "to kick the tyres" on MMP.
Research New Zealand director Emanuel Kalafatelis said the poll showed opinion was divided.
Those aged between 18 and 24 were most likely to support MMP with 58 percent in favour, those aged between 55 and 64 were most likely to be opposed with 57 percent against.
The polling company had tracked support for MMP before and after the 2008 election.
In August 2008 46 percent supported MMP and in November it rose to 53 percent.
Mr Kalafatelis believed the drop since the election was significant and showed there was far from overwhelming support for the electoral system.
The company said the poll was not commissioned, but taken as part of its monthly survey of attitudes and opinions.
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