According to TV3
“Labour is on the move. The latest 3 News poll shows that less than three months out from the election, their support is heading upwards.
And once you add the Greens and the Maori Party into the mix, a Labour-led coalition is not out of the running just yet.”
Why will this be a morale boost to parties of the centre/left?
“Take these results into Parliament and John Key’s National can almost govern alone with 60 seats. It would need Act’s three seats to get it across the line.”
On these results John Key might just have to accept Sir Roger Douglas into his Cabinet, with Hide saying “I would have Roger Douglas in Cabinet in a heartbeat.” TV3 goes onto point out that:
“The poll results show how tight it really is under MMP: in opposition, Labour would have 46 seats, the Greens seven, Maori four, Jim Anderton’s Progressives one and United Future also with one.
That adds up to 59 seats, proof National can not afford a bad campaign…”
There’s no doubt that Labour still has a fight on its hands, but it knows it can portray itself as still in the running:
“So while this is still Key’s and National’s election to lose, Clark is heading in the right direction, and as far as recent polls go, she will consider this 11-point gap close. And for Key, it’s not sleepless nights yet, but it’s not exactly sleep-easy.”
Parliament returns this week. The bear pit is always intense and Labour will be determined to prove itself.