Individual poll results show variations in rises and falls but the trend is consistent.
The latest Fairfax Media Ipsos poll has
National: 49.4% (Oct 2013 Fairfax-Ipsos poll: 50.2%)
Labour: 31.8% (33.6%)
Greens: 10.00% (10.7%)
NZ First: 3.6% (2.3%)
Other parties were in margin-of-error territories, led by Colin Craig’s Conservatives, which was up 1.3% to 2%. Kim Dotcom’s putative Internet Party drew no support.
National is still unusually popular for a second term government and Labour isn’t any better off with a new leader and the baby bribe.
It’s still several months until the election but the trend is encouraging for the centre right and must be causing considerable angst among the left.