Nats signal renewed ACT link

Last updated 08:56 26/02/2013
JOHN KEY: "We're going to need friends, and how we cobble them together is up to our voters."

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Prime Minister John Key says the National Party is going to need allies to win the next election, and would work with the ACT Party again.

ACT represented "room to the right" for the party to move, and teaming up could satisfy more right-wing voters, Key told TV3's Firstline this morning.

"We need 61 seats come next election...and the ACT Party is regenerating," he said.

"We're going to need friends, and how we cobble them together is up to our voters."

He said though there was room to the right for the party to move, the party was most successful when it was centrist.

Key said yesterday he expected the Labour-Green voting bloc to grow enough by the next election to rival National's level of support.

"The trend [for National] has been up for TV One and TV3 [polling]... but I think over the course of the next couple of years that Labour-Green bloc will be fairly equivalent to the National bloc and it will be a very very tight race going into the 2014 election."

Key told RadioLive the polls would move around between now and the next election.

"Hopefully we can do enough to get ourselves over the line again next year," he said.

The 3News poll gave Key a big boost, up from 37 to 41 per cent in the preferred prime minister stakes.

It put National on 51.4 per cent, with Labour on 32.6 per cent, down two points. The Greens had slumped from 13 to 10.8 per cent.

The result would allow National to govern alone, with 64 seats.

The survey of 1000 voters was in line with a recent One News-Colmar Brunton poll, which gave National a five-point boost to 49 per cent support.

However, last week's Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll put National on 44.9 per cent, or 1.3 percentage points down on the previous poll in December. Labour was up 1.9 percentage points to 36.3 per cent.

A Roy Morgan poll published on February 14 had National dropping and Labour climbing.

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