September 3, 2017 / 7:16 AM / 10 months ago

Support for New Zealand's Labour jumps ahead of election but lags behind National, poll shows

WELLINGTON (Reuters) - Support for New Zealand’s opposition Labour party jumped six points, according to a Newshub poll released on Sunday, showing the centre-left party lags the governing National party ahead of elections but is threatening its decade-long hold on power.

FILE PHOTO - New Zealand's new opposition Labour party leader, 37-year-old Jacinta Ardern, speaks next to colleagues during a media conference in Wellington, New Zealand, August 1, 2017. REUTERS/Charlotte Greenfield/File Photo

National slipped 1.1 points to 43.3 percent, while Labour hit 39.4 percent, after a change in leadership boosted the party’s chances in the Sept. 23 election.

Support for the nationalist NZ First Party, which either party will likely need to form a coalition government, fell 2.6 points to 6.6 percent.

The New Zealand dollar was largely unchanged after the poll was released, hovering above three-month lows at $0.7154.

Reporting by Charlotte Greenfield; Editing by Nick Macfie

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