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Poll Shows National Still On Top

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John Key
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Wellington, April 26 NZPA - National is still riding high on the popularity that saw it elected and Prime Minister John Key is miles ahead of opposition leader Phil Goff in the preferred prime minister stakes, a TV3 poll shows.

The Reid Research poll showed support for National was down 4 percent to 56 percent, still well above Labour who were up 3 percent to 30 percent.

The Green Party was on 6.1 percent, Maori 2.9, Act 2.1, NZ First 1.3 and United Future 0.1.

Mr Key told TV3 the results showed the country was not blaming the Government for the economic recession.

However, the situation may change dramatically after the budget is released on May 28.

Mr Key was down slightly, to 51.1 percent, in the preferred prime minister poll.

Support for Labour's Mr Goff was up (to 9.1 percent) but he was still polling lower than his predecessor Helen Clark (11.5 percent).

Mr Goff said the results showed Labour moving in the "right direction".

"We've got a long way to go."

The poll was taken at the time of Helen Clark's appointment to a senior role in the United Nations and that would be "rightly" reflected in the poll, Mr Goff said.

Mr Key was above Mr Goff in the number of people who thought he was doing a good job, was more honest than most politicians, was down to earth with a good personality and had a good grasp of economic matters.

The poll questioned 1000 people.

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