Labour support highest in five years

Last updated 19:12 02/10/2013

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A new poll has Labour’s support at the highest level in five years, with a big boost since David Cunliffe became leader.

The latest Roy Morgan poll had Labour up 4.5 percentage points to 37 per cent, the highest support it had seen in the poll since Helen Clark was Prime Minister in 2008.

Much of the support appears to have come from the Green Party, which fell 3.5 percentage points to 11.5 per cent. However, according to Roy Morgan, on current support, a Labour-Green coalition would have easily enough support to ‘‘easily’’ form a government.

Roy Morgan spokesman Gary Morgan said the poll provided Cunliffe with a great platform.

“If Cunliffe can enunciate a consistent and concise message of the Labour Party policies and how they will improve the lives of New Zealanders and the country in general over the next 12 months, Cunliffe stands a real chance of being elected as New Zealand’s next prime minister at next year’s election.”

National’s support also climbed this month, up a point to 42 per cent, while NZ First dropped 2 percentage points to 4.5 per cent.

The Maori Party was unchanged at 1 per cent, while Act, United Future and the Mana Party all registered 0.5 per cent support.

The Conservative Party climbed 0.5 percentage points to  2 per cent.

The monthly poll is considered one of the most volatile of the regular New Zealand political polls, frequently showing large shifts between results.

The poll was not all good news for the left, with a surge in the number of people saying New Zealand is heading in the right direction, considered a key metric on whether an incumbent government will be returned.

According to the poll 59 per cent of those polled said New Zealand is ‘‘heading in the right direction’’, with only 29.5 per cent saying it was heading in the wrong direction.


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