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Poll: Goff With Highest Ever Peferred PM Rating

One News Colmar Brunton Has Goff With Highest Ever Peferred PM Rating
First poll since Darren Hughes incident

Sunday 10th April, 2011

The first official poll to survey voters since news broke of the police investigation into Darren Hughes shows Labour and its leader have escaped unscathed from the controversy, with Phil Goff’s preferred Prime Minister rating up 4 points to 11% – his highest ever rating as leader.

But Labour remains twenty points behind National in the Party Vote and the results show National could easily govern alone.

“Labour will be relieved that the Darren Hughes saga has had no impact on its party vote,” One News Political Editor Guyon Espiner says.

“This will also give Phil Goff a boost given many commentators predicted his demise after his handling of the incident. The brutal truth does remain though that Mr Goff’s is still only getting a fifth of the support John Key has and Labour is twenty points behind with only six months until the election campaign.”

Summary of ONE NEWS COLMAR BRUNTON Poll Results


National 54% (Up 3% from mid-Feb poll)

Labour 34% (Up 1%)

Green Party 6% (Down 2%)

NZ First 2.7% (Down 1%)

Maori Party 1.4% (Down 1%)

ACT NZ 1.1% (Steady)


Party Vote 9% (Down 3%)


National 67

Labour 42

Green Party 8

Maori Party 5*

ACT 1*

United Future 1*

Progressive Party 1*

* Assuming electorate seats are held


Key 55% (Up 7%)

Goff 11% (Up 4%)

Peters 3% (Steady)

Helen Clark 1% (Down 1%)


Optimism 38% (Down 10%)

Pessimism 45% (Up 13%)


The ONE News Colmar Brunton poll was conducted between 2-6 April, it surveys 1000 eligible voters and has a margin of error of (+ or –) 3.1%
The last ONE News Colmar Brunton poll was conducted between 12-16 February.

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