The results of the 1951 election highlighted a rural-urban divide, almost certainly exacerbated by the recent waterfront dispute. The incumbent National government gained most support in rural electorates and the Labour opposition in urban electorates. National secured a remarkable 54% of the vote and was returned to office with an increased majority.
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Sources: Clifford Norton, New Zealand parliamentary election results, 1946–1987. Wellington: Victoria University of Wellington, 1988, pp. 7–9; Alan McRobie, New Zealand electoral atlas. Wellington: GP Books, 1989, pp. 94–97