It’s a political truism that only one poll counts.
It’s another that the trend is a friend.
That last point might be true for National but it’s definitely not for Labour as the gap between the two parties continues to widen.
Last night’s ONE News Colmar Brunton poll has more poll woe for Labour and Goff:
National 56% steady; Labour 29% down 1%; Green Party 9% up 3%; NZ First 2% steady; Act 1% down 1% ; Maori Party 1% steady; Mana Party 1% steady.
Assuming Act, Maori Party and United Future held electorate seats the make up of parliament would be: National 69; Labour 36; Green Party 11; Maori Party 4; Act 2; United Future NZ 1; Mana Party 1.
John Key has gone up 6 to 59% as preferred Prime Minister; Phil Goff is steady on 8%.
The 3 News Reid Research political poll has National with more than twice the support than Labour is attracting:
National up 3.5 to 57.4%; Labour down 2.2 to 26.6%; Green party up .5 to 9.8%; NZ First down .3 to 1.9%; Act down .6% to 1.6%, Maori Party down .7 to .8%; Mana steady on .7% and United Future steady on nothing.
Key attracts 54.5% support as preferred Prime Minister in contrast to just 6.2% support for Goff.
Polling was done before the news of ratings downgrades broke.