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Electors unimpressed with Finance Minister Bill English’s Fifth Budget as National Party 41% (down 3%) now well behind Labour/ Greens 47% (up 3%)

This latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll on voting intention was conducted by telephone – both landline and mobile telephone, with a NZ wide cross-section of 1,057 electors from May 13-26, 2013. Of all electors surveyed 5% (unchanged) didn’t name a party.

Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a big fall in support for Prime Minister John Key’s National Party to 41% (down 3% since April 29-May 12, 2013). Support for Key’s Coalition partners is slightly down overall with the Maori Party 2% (unchanged), ACT NZ 0.5% (down 1%) and United Future 0.5% (unchanged).

Support for Labour is 35% (up 3%); Greens are 12% (unchanged), New Zealand First 4.5% (down 0.5%), Mana Party 0.5% (down 0.5%), Conservative Party of NZ 2.5% (up 1%) and Others 1.5% (up 1%).

If a National Election were held now the latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows an Opposition Labour/ Greens Coalition would win.

The latest NZ Roy Morgan Government Confidence Rating is also down 3pts to 123 with 55.5% (down 1%) of New Zealanders saying New Zealand is ‘heading in the right direction’ compared to 32.5% (up 2%) that say NZ is ‘heading in the wrong direction’.

Gary Morgan says:

“Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows a potential Labour/ Greens Coalition (47%, up 3%) would win an election held now. Although the election isn’t due until late next year support for National (41%, down 3%) has again slipped near a seven-year low after Finance Minister Bill English delivered his fifth Budget.

“Significant Budget ‘giveaways’ including spending on rebuilding Christchurch and increased funding for the health and education sectors will to some extent be funded by the proposed partial privatisation of Meridian Energy which is currently valued at an estimated $5.3 billion.

“The Key Government’s Budget confirmation of the privatisation of Meridian Energy later this year comes with the considerable negative publicity surrounding the Government’s privatisation programme which has already included the sale of 49% of Auckland based power company Mighty River Power.”

Electors were asked: “If a New Zealand Election were held today which party would receive your party vote?”

This latest New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll on voting intention was conducted by telephone – both landline and mobile telephone, with a NZ wide cross-section of 1,057 electors from May 13-26, 2013. Of all electors surveyed 5% (unchanged) didn’t name a party.


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