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National still sitting pretty with majority support

National continues to enjoy majority support of just over 50 percent while Labour's ratings dipped by a small margin.

If an election was held today, National would easily be returned to government.

A new Roy Morgan poll shows support for National is up 3 percent to 52 percent. Labour's support is down 2 percent to 31.5, while fellow opposition party NZ First's approval slipped to 2.5. The Greens stayed steady at 7.5 percent.

The survey found 56.5 percent of Kiwis thought the country was heading in the right direction, while 29 percent said the opposite was true.

With just four months before the November election, executive chairman Gary Morgan says National is continuing to gain on the opposition.

“Today’s New Zealand Roy Morgan Poll shows an increasing lead for Prime Minister John Key’s National-led government, well ahead of the opposition parties."

It also measured support for Hone Harawira's new Mana party for the first time, which amounted to 0.5 percent—level with United Future.

The nationwide survey on voting intention was conducted by telephone with a cross-section of 895 electors, and asked: “If a New Zealand election were held today which party would receive your party vote?”

Yesterday online prediction market iPredict also launched a real-time forecast at www.electionresults.co.nz, featuring constantly updating forecasts of every aspect election and daily commentary.