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The poll that really counts

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13.09.2017

Winston Peters

Love them or loathe them - political polls are a big part of the run-up to New Zealand elections. New Zealand First leader Winston Peters might, as he did last week, call them ''junk science''.

He had, after all, slipped in the polls from 13% to just under 8% as Jacinda Ardern became Labour leader. But, for all their weaknesses, they are an important part of the political landscape.

While they are not ''junk science'', and much effort has gone into making them as accurate as possible, they should be read with caveats.

First, they are volatile, especially at the moment, and as illustrated this week with National bouncing back in the Newshub Reid Research poll released on Tuesday evening. These figures contrasted with the 1News Colmar Brunton........

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