Less than two months from polling day National has stretched its lead over the centre left parties of Labour and the Greens.
National has climbed to 52% in the latest ONE News/Colmar Brunton poll while Labour is down one point to 28%. . .
Labour on 28% is just above its 2011 election result and the Greens have also slipped, dropping two points to 10%.
New Zealand First is steady on 4% and Internet Mana is on 2% while the Conservatives are up one to 2%. Act stays on 1% and the Maori Party is down one to 1%.
When converted into seats in Parliament, National would easily govern alone with 66 seats. Labour would have 36, with the Greens mustering 13 and the Maori Party three. Internet Mana would bring in three MP, while Act and United Future would have one apiece. . .
Both Labour and the Green party have lost support.
It’s possible that hard-line left voters have gone to Internet Mana and soft centre voters have been put-off by the thought of a Labour Green, New Zealand First, Internet Mana Party and have moved right.
This is good news for National and those who want the party to continue leading a government that is working well for New Zealand.
However, it’s not good enough.
The party was polling at similar levels before the last election and slipped.
One reason for that was low voter turn-out.
Labour thinks most of those who didn’t vote were their supporters but there was a disappointing number of National voters who didn’t vote for a variety of reasons, including thinking that the polls were so good they didn’t need to.
There is a danger that could happen again which is why all National candidates and their teams are working hard to maximise the party vote which is the one that counts for forming a government.