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  • How long can you stay afloat if you become seriously ill?

    How long can you stay afloat if you become seriously ill?

    Polling shows around half (47%) of employed 18-64 year olds can’t survive for more than a month after using up their sickness and annual leave if they fall seriously ill and can’t work. The Horizon Research survey for the Financial Services Council (FSC) finds more than 1,000 families a...

  • Aucklanders oppose Government saying where to build houses

    Aucklanders oppose Government saying where to build houses

    Nearly seven out of 10 Aucklanders think their council should decide where new housing development in Auckland takes place, not central Government, according to a new survey. 56.2% also believe the Government should not have special powers, provided for in a bill introduced under urgency to...

  • National vote slips further 1.5%

    National vote slips further 1.5%

    6 June 2012 National’s party vote support among the total adult population has slipped a further 1.5% in the past month. A HorizonPoll survey of 2,814 New Zealanders aged 18+, conducted between May 18 and June 6, 2012, finds National with 26.6% support. This is down from 28.1% in April-May...

  • Budget unlikely to change KiwiSaver savings levels

    Budget unlikely to change KiwiSaver savings levels

    Research commissioned by the Investment Savings and Insurance Association (ISI) shows that while few New Zealanders support the KiwiSaver changes announced in the Budget, most are likely to remain committed to the scheme. Not surprisingly, the HorizonPoll survey found that 75% of those surveyed...

  • Political poll results may exclude 30%?

    Political poll results may exclude 30%?

    The Electoral Commission might be well advised to see if some research companies are excluding up to 30% of respondents before they publish party vote poll results. The commission in 2008 allocated $3.2 million to political parties to fund election broadcasting. One of its criteria to allocate the...

  • No women at all support Act?

    The Herald reports its DigiPoll finds no women at all are supporting the Act party. It says: “Act not only has a polling issue with only 1.7 per cent, it has a major gender issue, with no women at all supporting it in the poll.” DigiPoll’s published results are for a sample of 750...

  • Slight support fall for National in post-Budget poll

    Slight support fall for National in post-Budget poll

    National has lost 1.1% party vote support in the four days since the Government presented its Budget. A post-Budget HorizonPoll covering 1,758 respondents nationwide shows the potential centre left and centre right coalitions neck and neck. The currently governing National-Act-Maori Party-United...

  • 40%+ of middle income households plan to cut spending

    40%+ of middle income households plan to cut spending

    The intention to cut back spending after the Budget is highest among middle-income New Zealand households. HorizonPoll post-Budget research finds 35% of households say they will spend less as a result of the Budget. It particularly affects spending intentions among middle income households. 44.2%...

  • 59% back borrowing to fund Canterbury quake recovery

    59% back borrowing to fund Canterbury quake recovery

    A nationwide post-Budget HorizonPoll finds 59.4% support extra Government borrowing to help fund Canterbury’s earthquake recovery. The Government says the Canterbury earthquakes will cost the Government an extra $5.5 billion over several years. This is on top of costs being met by the...

  • Budget forecasts unrealistic, households feel worse off

    Budget forecasts unrealistic, households feel worse off

    The economic growth forecasts which underpin this week’s Budget are seen as unrealistic by 49% of New Zealanders. The first nationwide post-Budget HorizonPoll of 1,154 people, conducted between 11.5am Friday May 20 and 6.30am Saturday May 21 (maximum margin of error at a 95% confidence level...

  • What Kiwis say on growth forecasts

    What Kiwis say on growth forecasts

    Here’s what New Zealanders are saying on the economic and job growth forecasts, which underpin the 2011 Budget. The information provided and question results are shown first, followed by responses when HorizonPoll asked “why do you say that?” 2011 Budget Firstly, some background...

  • Public mandates one of four major Budget policy proposals

    Public mandates one of four major Budget policy proposals

    The first nationwide post-Budget HorizonPoll shows the Government would not get a mandate to make changes to KiwiSaver, sell up to 49% of state-owned energy company shares or reduce its shareholding in Air New Zealand. It would get a mandate to make changes to the Working for Families scheme. Some...

  • Kiwis enter Budget week feeling country on wrong track

    Kiwis enter Budget week feeling country on wrong track

    A new poll shows New Zealanders head into Budget week thinking the country is generally off on the wrong track – but with individuals rating National as being much better than Labour to advance their own economic interests. A Horizon Research survey of 1,864 people nationwide finds 48.4% of...

  • Act breaks through 5% support threshold

    Act breaks through 5% support threshold

    The Act Party now has 5.3% voter support. A new HorizonPoll conducted between Thursday and Friday shows Act is up from 3.7% in April after making Don Brash its leader. The first result for the new Mana Party shows it has 2.3% party vote support nationwide, ahead of the Maori Party on 2.1%. Mana is...

  • Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

    Majority back Hobbit movie deal, but don’t want a repeat

    A majority of New Zealanders support the deal the Government did with Warner Bros to keep Hobbit film production in New Zealand. However, a majority don’t want a similar deal done again. A new nationwide HorizonPoll finds 56.4% support for the agreement the Government made with United States...