Sunday, August 4, 2013

Greens rise, Nats fall - a gradual change in the polls...

English: Official photo of Russel Norman, Co-l...
English: Official photo of Russel Norman, Co-leader of the Green Party of Aotearoa New Zealand, supplied by the Green Party webmaster. See "You are allowed to use..." (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Green Party has had a surge in popularity - though it is too close to call who would form the next government, a poll has found.
The Greens rose five points to 14 per cent and National dropped three to 46 per cent, the One News Colmar Brunton poll released on Sunday found.
Unchanged parties were Labour on 33, NZ First on three, the Maori Party on two and Act on one.
Translated to seats in parliament, assuming all current electorate seats are held, National would have 58, Peter Dunne one and Act one.
While Labour would have 42, the Greens 17 and Mana Party one.
Both coalitions would have 60 seats leaving the decision of who formed a government in the hands of the Maori Party with its 3 seats.
The poll has a margin of error of about 3 per cent.
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