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Labour slump further behind in polls

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Phil Goff
Phil Goff

Wellington, June 20 NZPA - Labour's popularity has slumped following the credit card expenses scandal, a TV3 poll released tonight shows.

The poll, of 1000 people, saw National's popularity increase to 55.3 percent while Labour fell to 30.5 percent.

The Greens remained the strongest of the smaller parties with 7.5 percent.

The Maori Party had 1.9 percent, New Zealand First 1.8 percent, ACT 1.6 percent and United Future 0.1 percent.

Labour also fell well behind in the preferred prime minister stakes.

Prime Minister John Key remained the favourite with 49.6 percent.

Labour leader Phil Goff was on 5.1 percent, while former Labour leader and prime minister Helen Clark was not far behind on 4.9 percent. Winston Peters had 2.8 percent support for the top job.

Mr Key was performing well according to 69 percent of those surveyed, while 15.9 percent said he was performing poorly.

Mr Goff's numbers showed 27.2 percent thought he was performing well and 45.4 percent performing poorly.

Mr Goff said it had been a "tough week for Labour" and the credit card scandal had been a "distraction".

Mr Key said it was a good result for the Government and reflected the "strong endorsement" of the Budget.

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