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Key, Nats still outpacing Labour in election race

With less than 100 days to go until the November general election, public support for National is still outstripping support for the opposition by far.

With less than 100 days to go until the November general election, National's public approval shows no signs of sagging – numbers indicate it has enough support to rule alone.

Two polls last night highlighted the gap between support for the two parties; a One News Colmar poll put National 26 points ahead of Labour with 56 percent of the party vote, and a TV3 poll giving National 54 percent compared with Labour's 28.8 percent.

And while John Key remains the preferred choice for prime minister (57 and 53 percent respectively), Phil Goff got the nod from just 8 percent of respondents in both surveys.

Helen Clark also registered in TV3's preferred prime minister stakes at 2.6 percent.

TV1 political editor Guyon Espiner said Labour’s marginal gain (3 percent) looked to be at the expense of the Green Party, which dropped four points.

“Labour will be relieved its vote hasn’t eroded further after July’s low point. But not even Labour’s most optimistic MPs could claim that being 26 points behind National this close to an election is a good poll result.”

In the TV3 poll, the Greens were the only minority party to register above the five percent threshold at 9.3 per cent, its highest ever 

Both polls had a margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percent.