Prime Minister Bill English has deflected questions over National's drop in the latest bombshell 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll, saying "there's nothing new about a tight election".
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In the poll released yesterday National slipped back three points in the poll to 44 per cent, its lowest level in four years, while Labour soared 13 points to 37 per cent, its highest since 2008
New Zealand First were down one per cent to 10 while the Greens slumped 11 points from 15 per cent to 4.3 per cent, the party's worst result since September 2009.
National's Bill English and Labour's Jacinda Ardern are tied in the preferred Prime Minister stakes at 30 per cent.
Today Bill English said he wasn't "particually concerned" about National's latest poll results that were revealed on 1 NEWS last night.
"There's nothing new about a tight election," Mr English said.
"This was always going to be tight and now the choices are a bit clearer as the campaign's started.
"We have always been planning for a tough campaign because even before the Labour leadership change, when you add up the other parties they could possibly form a coalition.
"So now it's pretty clear we are at the start of a campaign, the dust settled on the leadership changes and now we get to have a clear debate about what sort of government people want."
When asked by 1 NEWS Political Reporter Katie Bradford if National could be in trouble if Peter Dunne lost his Ohariu seat, Mr English said, "there's any number of permutations."
"An MMP election is always tight. We only just one the last election, just able to form a government."