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National, Key steady in post-Budget poll

 Little falls to tie with Peters in preferred PM stakes.

Tue, 02 Jun 2015

The first post-budget poll shows support for National and John Key is steady, and that most voters had a neutral reaction to the May 21 budget.

A One News-Colmar Brunton poll taken May 23 to May 27 found support for National down one point to 48% since a previous poll mid-April.

Labour was static on 31% and the Greens up 1 to 10%. Minor parties were steady.

Four percent said they were better off because of the Budget, 72% said they were about the same; 10% said they were worse off and 14% didn’t know.

And despite the ponytail controversy, John Key’s preferred prime minister rating was up 2 points to 44%.

Labour leader Andrew Little slipped 2% to 9%, putting him level-pegging with Winston Peters – and possibly leading him to have second thoughts about giving the NZ First leader a soft run in the Northland by-election.

A Roy Morgan poll taken during the lead-up to the Budget — as most major policy was pre-announced, along with the fact the government would miss surplus — also saw support for National holding steady.

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National, Key steady in post-Budget poll