19 Dec 2010

National's lead in the opinion polls intact

7:09 pm on 19 December 2010

The National Party goes into the Christmas break with its commanding lead in the opinion polls intact.

In the latest One News Colmar Brunton poll, National recorded 55% party vote support compared with 33% for the Labour Party.

Prime Minister John Key received 56% percent support as the preferred Prime Minister, well ahead of Labour leader Phil Goff on 7%.

If Labour can take anything positive out of the poll, it is that its support has remained constant throughout the year.

Support for the Green Party has dropped to 4.5% in this poll, down from 8% in September.

New Zealand First scored 3.1% and the Maori Party 2.2%.

The poll of 1011 eligible voters was conducted last week and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.