3 Dec 2012

Labour finishes year stronger than it began - polls

8:46 am on 3 December 2012

A year after recording just 27% party support in the general election and weeks after major ructions at its party conference Labour has strengthened in two major polls.

In the latest One News-Colmar Brunton poll, published on Sunday, Labour registered party vote support of 35%.

In a 3 News-Reid Research poll released on the same day Labour was on 34.6% support compared to 47% support for the National Party.

The combined Labour and Greens support was ahead of the National Party in both surveys.

The Green Party recorded 13% in both polls and no other party registered support above 5%.

Labour Party leader David Shearer says the shine is coming off the Government because voters want a more hands-on approach to issues like housing and jobs.

The polls surveyed 1000 voters and have margins of error of plus or minus 3.1%.