The Prime Minister must be smiling after the latest 3 News/Reid Research poll found that if an election were held today, National could govern alone.
John Key is also proving more popular with voters despite more criticism over the Sky City deal, a run of job losses and the closure of schools in Christchurch.
Its Achilles' heel however remains a lack of viable and reliable coalition partners.
3 News political editor Patrick Gower takes a look at the problems facing the Opposition – watch the video.
source: newshub archive