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Nats, Key drop in new poll

19:15 Sun Feb 19 2012
National party and NZ Prime Minister John Key have both lost support in a new poll (Getty)
National party and NZ Prime Minister John Key have both lost support in a new poll (Getty)

The National party has dropped back from its pre-election support with Prime Minister John Key dropping to his worst-ever result in a new poll.

A 3News-Reid Research poll on Sunday sees National on 47.5 per cent, down from 50.8 per cent in a poll released two days before the November 26 election.

Labour has risen 3.4 points to 29.4 per cent, while New Zealand First has also risen, up 1.9 points to five per cent, and Mana is up 0.2 to 1.3 per cent.

The Greens dropped 0.1 to 13.3 per cent, the Maori Party is down 0.2 to 1.3 and ACT has slumped from 1 per cent to just 0.2 per cent support.

Prime Minister John Key received his worst-ever result in the preferred prime minister stakes - he's on 45.8 per cent, while Labour's new leader, David Shearer, is on 10.1 per cent - a better result than his predecessor, Phil Goff, ever received.

The number of voters who believe Mr Key is doing a good job dropped 7.5 points to 60.5 per cent, while the number who think he's performing poorly has risen two points to 22 per cent, on the back of fallout over the government's planned asset sales and the Crafar farms sale deal.

Mr Shearer's first performance rating shows 35.1 per cent of respondents believe he's performing well, and 17.2 per cent believe he's performing poorly.