4 Nov 2011

National maintains lead in polls

8:34 am on 4 November 2011

One week into the election campaign, and there are few changes in the parties' fortunes in the latest political polls.

In two polls published on Thursday, the National Party maintains a large lead over the Labour Party.

In the ONE News Colmar Brunton poll released on Thursday night the National Party has 56% support - the same as its poll in October.

The Labour and Green parties also remain about the same - at 30% and 9%, respectively.

The Greens are the only smaller party registering above the 5% threshold needed to get into Parliament.

New Zealand First has 2.2% support, while the Maori Party is on 1.3%.

ACT, the Mana Party and United Future all have less than 1% support.

The poll was taken between Saturday and Wednesday this week and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1%.

A New Zealand Herald DigiPoll paints a similar picture. In that poll Labour dips below 30% to 29.1%, with National well in front on 54.2% support.

Again, only the Greens are above 5%, with 10.1% support.

The DigiPoll survey of 750 voters was conducted between Friday and Wednesday and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6%.