Two new polls, out today, have failed to give Labour a significant boost its supporters had hoped for under new leader David Cunliffe.
Tonight's One News Colmar Brunton poll has Labour on 34 per cent, no change, and Fairfax's Ipsos poll has both Labour and National up by almost the same amount.
The Herald DigiPoll's last survey, in September - shortly after saturation publicity around the new Labour leadership, showed a 6.8 per cent gain to Labour and the ability to form a government with the Green and Mana parties.
That has not been reflected in these latest polls. Tonight's One News poll is its first conducted entirely under the new Labour leadership.
It has National at 45 per cent (down 2); Labour 34 (no change); Greens 13 (up 1); NZ First 4 (no change); Act 1 (no change); Maori Party 1 (no change); and Conservatives 2 (up 1 ). Preferred Prime Minister John Key 43 per cent (up one); David Cunliffe 12 per cent (no change). The left and right blocs would have the same number of seats, and the Maori Party would hold the balance of power.
Today's Fairfax Media Ipsos poll has National on 50.2 per cent (up 1.9 points) and able to form a majority government on its own. Labour is on 33.6 (up 2); Greens 10.7 (down 1.6); NZ First 2.3 (down 0.5); Maori Party 0.7 (down 0.7); Mana 0.7 (up 0.2); Act 0.1 (down (0.1); United Future 0.1 (no change); and the Conservatives 0.7 (down 0.7).