National is up two percentage points and Labour has tumbled 4.5 per cent in today's Roy Morgan poll.
The poll puts National on 43. 5 per cent and Labour on 29 per cent with Labour allies the Greens on 13 per cent and NZ First holding the balance of power on 7. 5 per cent.
The Maori Party is up two points to 3.5 per cent, while newcomers the Conservative Party, who are yet to win a seat in Parliament, are the next biggest among the minor parties, at 2 per cent.
The poll also surveyed confidence in the Government and showed it was up 5 percentage points, with 49 per cent of New Zealanders saying the country is headed in the right direction, compared with 39 per cent who think it is headed in the wrong direction.
The biggest issues facing the world cited by New Zealanders surveyed for the poll include the economy, financial crisis and recession, and poverty and the gap between rich and poor.
The poll surveyed 809 people between October 8 and 24.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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