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Monday, 21 January 2019 03:14 pm

Campaign chair says Labour not getting ahead of itself


Labour has overtaken National for the first time in 12 years in the latest opinion poll for the 2017 general election – but Labour is not getting ahead of itself.

The latest One News-Colmar Brunton Poll has Labour on 43%, up six percentage points from the last poll. National is down three percentage points to 41%.

But despite the promising poll numbers, Labour is taking no chances in the campaign.

Labour Party Campaign chair Phil Twyford said it would remain a very tight race.

“It’s encouraging to see Labour’s got the momentum, I think Jacinda Ardern’s getting some real traction as the Prime-Minister-in-waiting.

“But there’s still a good couple of weeks to go and a lot can change in that time.

“We’ve got our heads down campaigning hard and we’re going to fight for every vote.”

The Greens were up one percentage point to 5%, while New Zealand First dropped two percentage points to 8%.

A Green policy announcement which may have had an impact was their central Wellington light rail announcement, which would see light rail built from central Wellington to the city’s airport.

Of the minor parties, the Opportunities Party and the Māori Party were both down one percentage point to 1%. ACT, on 0.3%, would need to hold Epsom to get back into Parliament.

Jacinda Ardern and Bill English are one point apart as preferred Prime Minister, on 34% and 33% respectively. Both leaders are up from the last poll.

Winston Peters was down 3 points to 4% as preferred Prime Minister amid revelations he was overpaid superannuation for seven years.

Translated to seats in Parliament, Labour would have 52 and National would have 50.

National’s current support partners, ACT and the Māori Party would each have one seat. The Greens would have 7 seats off this poll. Both major parties would need New Zealand First’s 10 seats to govern.

The poll of 1009 eligible voters was taken from 26-30 August, and has a margin of error of 3.1%.

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