25 Jul 2013

PM leaves door open to working with NZ First

8:07 am on 25 July 2013

Prime Minister John Key says he won't make any declaration about who he will - or won't - work with until next year, but unlike the past two elections he is leaving the door open to New Zealand First.

A 3 News Reid Research poll indicates almost two-thirds of National voters do not want Mr Key to rule out doing a deal with New Zealand First in 2014.

John Key.

John Key. Photo: RNZ

Some 58% of respondents in the poll of 1000 voters said the Prime Minister should not rule it out, while 36% said he should.

When the poll split that answer into Labour, National and Green party supporters - it found 62% of National Party supporters want Mr Key to not rule out working with Mr Peters.

Mr Key said this shows people would prefer his party to work with New Zealand First and its leader Winston Peters than having a Labour-Green government.

Mr Key has twice ruled out working with Mr Peters as a matter of principle.

Labour and the Greens say he's obviously now willing to abandon his principles, if it suits him politically.