March 20, 2013
SOE sales prop government popularity
Controversy over the sale of Mighty River Power, the financial melt down of Solid Energy and the Novopay teachers’ payroll debacle has not hurt the Government’s popularity.
The latest Herald Digipoll shows support for National up one point to 49 percent.
That means if an election were held tomorrow it could continue to govern with the support of the Māori Party, or with United Future’s Peter Dunne and Act’s John Banks if they retain their electorate seats.
Labour’s support lifted to 36 percent, at the expense of other opposition parties, with New Zealand First clumping to 2.5 percent and the Greens down 2 percent to 9 percent.
David Shearer’s rating as preferred prime minister rose 6 points to 18.5 percent, but John Key is well ahead on 63 percent.
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