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NZPA Rolling Poll

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Less than two weeks out from election day, Labour is struggling to erode the fortress of support National has built up, NZPA's rolling poll shows.

Since the NZPA rolling poll began on August 27, National has had a handy party vote lead, enough to grab a majority with support only from ACT.

Now that United Future has indicated that it too backs National, the right wing majority has increased a further seat to 64, in what would be a 124-seat Parliament.

As the average of the last six published polls, the NZPA rolling
poll smooths fluctuations.

It showed National on a slow decline, but still with 47.9 percent party vote support -- good for 61 seats in a 124-seat House -- ahead of Labour's 35.2 percent.

National ally ACT was on 1.9 percent, the Greens were gaining strength at 7.5 percent, with United Future at 0.6 percent, the Maori Party at 2.5 percent, and New Zealand First at 2.9 percent.

NZ First will have to win an electorate seat, or more than 5 percent of votes cast to return to Parliament.

Tauranga electorate polling has leader Winston Peters behind National candidate Simon Bridges.

But were Mr Peters to find a way back into Parliament it would be a blow to National, which has ruled out working with him.

If NZ First was to win Tauranga it would secure at least four seats, a tally that would bolster the left and give the Maori Party the balance of power.

NZPA has allocated the Maori Party six seats -- based on current polls in the Maori electorate seats.

United Future and the Progressives were assumed to hold one electorate seat apiece.

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