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National surpasses Labour in latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll

The National Party has surged in support past Labour in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll, showing 46 per cent support ahead of Labour's 43 per cent.

It comes after the National Party dropped to 43 per cent support in October's poll during the tumultuous Jami-Lee Ross saga. However, the most recent results show the party have gained support by three per cent.

National leader Simon Bridges said the party were "resilient" and focused on the "things Kiwis are worried about" in the lead up to Christmas.

"Under my leadership, National is strong," he said.

Labour has seen its support slide by two per cent, dropping to a 43 per cent support rate.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern she was still happy the party were "finishing the year stronger than we started it".

"Polls do move around a bit these are all still within the margin of error. We still make up a majority as a coalition Government."

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    The latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll shows the National Party bounce back. Source: 1 NEWS

    The poll did not provide good news for the minor parties, with the Green Party decreasing to five per cent down from seven. A party needs five per cent to get into Parliament.

    NZ First fell below that threshold, only receiving four per cent. The Act Party found just one per cent support.

    Preferred Prime Minister

    The latest poll also shows National leader Simon Bridges stagnating on seven per cent as preferred Prime Minister, while MP Judith Collins rose to a close six per cent.

    Jacinda Ardern dipped down to 39 per cent from 42. Winston Peters remained on four per cent as preferred Prime Minister and John Key, despite leaving politics in 2017, gained two per cent support.

    National leader Simon Bridges had been on seven per cent since August's poll, where he sat on 10 per cent.

    He told 1 NEWS the most recent figure was "not surprising given we've come through some very tough issues".

    Mr Bridges said what mattered was the party vote, "that’s what determines the Prime Minister".

    Ms Collins said her rise in preferred Prime Minister was not a topic that had come up.

    "My view is that I support the leader, I support the caucus and the party."

    Economic outlook

    Those polled were asked if they thought the economy would be in a better or worse state than present during the next 12 months.

    Thirty-seven per cent thought the economy would be in a better state, up from 33 per cent.

    Thirty-four thought it would be in a worse state, which was a decrease from 41 per cent in October’s poll. Twenty-nine per cent thought it would be the same.

    Interviewing took place from November 24 to November 28, with 1,008 eligible voters contacted either by landline or mobile phone. The maximum sampling error was ±3.1 per cent at the 95 per cent confidence level.

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      The latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton Poll shows the National Party bounce back. Source: 1 NEWS


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