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NZ ruling Labour party support drops in poll but still seen winning

WELLINGTON, Sept 22 (Reuters) - New Zealand’s ruling Labour Party has lost some support since July as the coronavirus resurged in Auckland, but its still set to win the upcoming general election on Oct 17 comfortably, an opinion poll showed on Tuesday. The closely watched 1News-Colmar Brunton poll showed support for Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s party, which is seeking a second term in office, at 48%, down 5 percentage points since the last poll in late July.

The opposition National party also lost 1 percentage point taking it to 31%, under newly elected leader Judith Collins. Smaller parties gained more support, the poll showed. (Reporting by Praveen Menon, Editing by Raju Gopalakrishnan)

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