A poll to pon­der

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Win­ston Peters is now sec­ond in the pre­ferred PM stakes with 11 per cent. Bill English is on 26 per cent, Lit­tle’s deputy Jacinda Ardern is third, at 6 per cent and Lit­tle is on 5 per cent.

But English ap­pears to have taken a hit over the Todd Bar­clay fi­asco, slip­ping three points on the last poll.

Labour will be look­ing for a boost from its fam­i­lies pack­age re­leased on Tues­day.

The fam­i­lies pack­age is ex­pected to of­fer an al­ter­na­tive to Na­tional’s $2 bil­lion a year fam­i­lies tax pack­age in the bud­get.

Na­tional’s pack­age in­cluded changes to tax thresh­olds, work­ing for fam­i­lies pay­ments and the ac­com­mo­da­tion sup­ple­ment, boost­ing the av­er­age fam­ily in­come.

Labour’s win­ter en­ergy pay­ment will pay $700 for cou­ples and par­ents with kids at home, and $450 for sin­gle peo­ple.

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