National at 51.4% in 3 News-Reid Research poll

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TV3 News reports

The latest 3 News-Reid Research poll shows Prime Minister John Key has bounced back and, if an election was held today, National could govern alone.

The last poll showed Labour Party leader David Shearer and the left could govern, but Mr Key has seized back the voters he lost as last year went to the pack for him.

National is on 51.4 percent – that’s up 4 percent. That’s come off Labour, down two to 32.6 percent. And the Greens are also down two points as well, to 10.8 percent. New Zealand First Party leader Winston Peters is on about 3.4 percent.

When is National going to spend some of this political capital to drive through some change before it is too late?  

It may be doing well in the polls, as nobody in their right mind could possibly see an alternative worth voting for, but it’s high time National does something to get this country properly on track. They should especially be bashing the unions.

National has to be very careful to interpret 51.4% as genuine support.

Instead, it will have at least 10% representing people who will vote for Labour if it looks anywhere off life support.

Shearer meanwhile is due for his re-shuffle but it is too little too late, he looks weak and ineffectual.

Voters are clearly enamoured with Key’s re-shuffle ruthlessness and voting with their feet over the stumbling, bumbling, stuttering leadership of David Shearer.


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