New poll: Could National govern alone?

By NZ Herald staff

Labour's Phil Goff (L) and National's John Key. Photos / Supplied TV3
Labour's Phil Goff (L) and National's John Key. Photos / Supplied TV3

Another poll has National governing alone after this Saturday's General Election, although most voters would prefer to see a coalition government.

National has 54 per cent in the latest Fairfax Media-Research International poll, up 1.5 per cent, and easily enough to govern without the support of smaller parties.

However 54.1 per cent would prefer to see a coalition government, compared to 39.7 per cent who would prefer to see one party to govern alone.

The poll sees Labour climb 1 per cent to 26 per cent, the Greens drop 0.6 per cent to 12 per cent, while New Zealand First climb 1.2 per cent to 4 per cent.

National's potential coalition partners Act sit on 0.7 per cent and United Future sit on 0.1 per cent, both well below the 5 per cent MMP threshold.

John Key remains overwhelmingly the preferred Prime Minister, on 51.5 per cent, down 0.7 per cent. Labour leader Phil Goff drops 1 per cent to 12.5 per cent, while Winston Peters drops 0.4 per cent to 3.5 per cent.

The poll interviewed 1000 people between November 17 and 21, and has a margin of error of 3.1 per cent.

- NZ Herald

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