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Poll Shows Big Rise In National's Support Since Election

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Wellington, Feb 18 NZPA - Support for the National Party has soared since it won the election, a poll released tonight shows.

The TV3/Baseline Consultancy poll put National on 60 percent compared with 46 percent in the same poll just before the election.

On election night it gained 44.9 percent of the party vote. That gave it 58 seats in Parliament -- on 60 percent, it would have 74.

The poll showed Labour losing ground, down to 27 percent compared with 33 percent before the election.

Labour's election night result was 33.9 percent which gave it 43 seats. On 27 percent it would have 33.

The poll showed all the other parties in Parliament except United Future had lost support since the election.

The Greens were down to 7 percent compared with a pre-election 9 percent, ACT dropped to 1.2 percent compared with 2.8 percent and the Maori Party was down to 2.1 percent against November's 2.7 percent.

United Future was steady on a very low 0.2 percent.

New Zealand First, which did not make it back into Parliament, was down to 1.6 percent from 3.4 percent before the election.

Since it won power, the National-led government has spent most of its time dealing with ways to soften the impact of the international recession.

It has announced several initiatives to help businesses survive and it is keeping its promised tax cuts which come in on April 1.

The Government has brought a batch of law and order bills to Parliament as well as it fulfils its campaign promise to get tough on crime.

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