Poll: National still has solid support

  • 10/12/2017
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Bill English.
Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and National Party leader Bill English. Photo credit: Getty

National is still enjoying solid support from New Zealanders despite September's election loss.

In the latest Colmar Brunton poll, published on Sunday, National leads the party support on 46 percent, while Labour trails on 39 percent.

On election night in September, National finished with 44.4 percent of the party vote, while Labour was on 36.9 percent.

In the latest poll, the Green Party is up slightly to 7 percent, while NZ First has slipped back to 5 percent.

The Opportunities Party and Maori Party are on 1 percent each.

Bill English told Q & A he expected a "bounce" for Labour but their "messy start" to taking power had hurt them in the public's eyes and this was reflected in the poll result.

In the preferred Prime Minister stakes, Jacinda Ardern earned a healthy 37 percent, compared with Mr English's 28 percent. Winston Peters was preferred by 5 percent of those polled.

In a major change, Colmar Brunton has evenly split the 1000 people polled by landline and mobile phones.

Colmar Brunton chief executive Jason Shoebridge said the 2013 Census showed 14 percent of New Zealand households had no landline, and that percentage is expected to be much high four years later, so calling mobile phones was about "future-proofing".

In the run-up to the election, his company's polls were only 1 or 2 percent off, so he was pleased with the accuracy.