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(06/19/07) -

Half of New Zealanders Would Back National

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – New Zealand’s National party is preferred by a majority of voters, according to a poll by Roy Morgan International. 50.5 per cent of respondents would vote for the main opposition party in the next legislative election, up 1.5 points since May.

(Angus Reid Global Monitor) – New Zealand’s National party is preferred by a majority of voters, according to a poll by Roy Morgan International. 50.5 per cent of respondents would vote for the main opposition party in the next legislative election, up 1.5 points since May.

The governing Labour party is second with 33.5 per cent, followed by the Greens with 6.5 per cent, New Zealand First with 3.5 per cent, United Future and ACT both with two per cent, and the Maori Party with 1.5 per cent.

Labour leader Helen Clark has acted as New Zealand’s prime minister since December 1999. In November 2006, Don Brash—who had served as National’s leader since October 2003—announced his resignation and was substituted by finance spokesman John Key.

In the September 2005 ballot, Labour elected 50 lawmakers to the 121-seat House of Representatives, and assembled a coalition government with the Progressives. United Future and New Zealand First agreed to support the administration in confidence and supply votes for three years. National finished second, with 48 legislators.

On Jun. 13, Key launched the National party’s “rural issues discussion paper.” Key promised the introduction of a $750 million U.S. sustainability fund for climate change research and studies in other areas. Key also said his party, if elected, would maintain its goal of a 50 per cent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and would not pull out of the Kyoto Protocol, adding, “It would make New Zealand a trading pariah and would be used against us by those countries seeking to block access to their markets with soft barriers like food miles.”

Polling Data

If an election were held today which party would receive your party vote?

Jun. 3

May 20

May 6

National

50.5%

49%

49.5%

Labour

33.5%

32%

36%

Greens

6.5%

7%

6%

New Zealand First

3.5%

4.5%

4.5%

United Future

2%

1.5%

1.5%

ACT

2%

1.5%

0.5%

Maori Party

1.5%

2.5%

1.5%

Progressives

0.5%

Source: Roy Morgan International
Methodology: Interviews with 853 New Zealand voters, conducted from May 21 to Jun. 3, 2007. No margin of error was provided.