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  • PM's credibility problem

    PM's credibility problem

    Polling is confirming Prime Minister John Key has credibility issues regarding claims made in the Nicky Hager book "Dirty Politics". A Colmar-Brunton poll for TVNZ, results of which were broadcast on August 31, asked if people believed John Key when he says he was not personally informed about the...

  • Now you can respond on mobile

    Now you can respond on mobile

    Horizon has introduced new technology - so you can now easily do surveys on your mobile phone. Survey questions appear clearly on smartphone screens - and you can swipe from screen to screen. The development anticipates even more people communicating via mobile. To join the HorizonPoll national...

  • Focus on younger votes

    Focus on younger votes

    Horizon polling on likely voter turnout is illustrating the urgency of some groups' efforts to have younger New Zealanders vote at the September 20 general election. The country's specialist emissions trading news service, Carbon News, reports that Maori who are angry about the Government’s...

  • People with mortgages back compulsory KiwiSaver

    People with mortgages back compulsory KiwiSaver

    New Zealanders with a mortgage have even more enthusiasm for compulsory KiwiSaver than Kiwis generally, says Financial Services Council (FSC), CEO, Peter Neilson. In a Sunday Star Times/Stuff opinion piece (D14, May 18, 2014) it is suggested that the statement “New Zealand does need a...

  • Policy makers finally hear message on party pill animal testing

    Policy makers finally hear message on party pill animal testing

    The Prime Minister on May 4 said his Government wouldn't allow psychoactive substances (party pills) to be tested on animals. The "firm no" to using animals for these tests was given in a HorizonPoll nationwide survey in April 2013. The lawmakers could have listened more carefully then? The door...

  • TV One viewers least interested in internet TV

    TV One viewers least interested in internet TV

    When it comes to who might be interested in using Telecom's proposed new internet television service, current viewers of TV One are least interested. The following table shows what channels (including YouTube and TVNZ On Demand) are being watched by the people who say they are not interested in...

  • Who's a good egg?

    Who's a good egg?

    Horizon Research is a finalist in Business Good Egg award. The short list of NZ business organisations nominated as good business eggs has been carefully determined and final judging is now in the hands of community leaders. “The results so far show there are some fantastic examples of good...

  • Farming and environment survey reaction

    Farming and environment survey reaction

    Federated Farmers and politicians have reacted to results of a Horizon Research survey on Farming and the envrionment. Commissioned by Fish and Game New Zealand the survey is attracting debate over what the dairy industry in particular should do in relation to enjoying more intensive development...

  • 8 million answers

    8 million answers

    Some figures from the HorizonPoll database: At September 18, 2013, we had 8 million questions answered and had sent out of 1.5 million emails! To be heard through HorizonPoll you can sign up free in 19 seconds - and go into our quaterly draw for $1000 cash and a fabulous iPad4 valued at $759, by...

  • What happened to Govt supporters in Auckland poll?

    What happened to Govt supporters in Auckland poll?

    HorizonPoll panel member, John, of Auckland writes after seeing poll results on how Aucklanders rate the Government’s performance on a range of issues: “Fascinating results for the poll into Government performance. It’s a given that any Government is going to be marked down by the...

  • Polls line up against casino deal

    Polls line up against casino deal

    The latest Herald Digi Poll on the proposed deal to allow SkyCity Casino more pokie machines and other major concessions, in return for building a convention centre at Auckland, finds 61.5 per cent of those polled disapprove of the deal while 33.8 per cent approve. The Herald reports Public opinion...

  • Why Kiwis won't swallow party pill tests on animals

    Why Kiwis won't swallow party pill tests on animals

    Why do 72.3% of adult New Zealanders want guidelines for or a ban on party pill testing? These comments represent the range of views expressed for and against in a HorizonPoll survey undertaken in March 2013: Allow animal testing: If animal testing produces the best results it should be allowed on...

  • USA v NZ smartphone use

    USA v NZ smartphone use

    New research in the United States demonstrates a significant shift in how consumers are accessing the Internet. Its findings mirror Horizon's which show smartphone use is now higher than use of standard mobiles for the first time. The US research findings are said to emphasise the importance of...

  • Comfortable old age: what's needed

    Comfortable old age: what's needed

    Horizon polling on what New Zealanders regard as a comfortable retirement income is under pinning some of the discusssion on future policy. The Herald has published this opinion article arguing we no longer believe that New Zealand Superannuation alone is enough to retire on. NZ Super currently...

  • 58% back higher KiwiSaver payments

    58% back higher KiwiSaver payments

    A majority of New Zealanders (58 per cent) support the Government’s move to increase the minimum KiwiSaver contribution rate by 1 per cent from April 1, says Financial Services Council Chief Executive Peter Neilson. “This strong cross-party support should encourage policy-makers to set...

  • Oh that's close! Online v Phone poll

    Oh that's close! Online v Phone poll

    It's a very close call: a 0.7% difference between an online survey and a telephone one on SOE sales. The results of a Horizon Research survey of 2,102 of members of its nationally representative HorizonPoll adult panel finds 52.9% of New Zealanders aged 18+ oppose the sale of shares in State Owned...

  • Councils 'frustrating'

    Councils 'frustrating'

    There is quite a strong degree of frustration that councils are not doing what residents want, according to comment on a HorizonPoll on local government. The New Zealand Centre for Infrastructure Development (NZCID), which commissioned the nationwide survey of 956 New Zealanders to test public...

  • Kiwis and their climate

    Kiwis and their climate

    HorizonPoll results showing a 22% fall in the number who think climate change is a problem for now or urgent do not reflect what New Zealanders want done on the issue. Further results from the survey of 2,829 adult New Zealanders cover Who should be taking action (including business people) and...

  • Kiwis believe new research saying they will live longer

    Kiwis believe new research saying they will live longer

    64% of New Zealanders believe new research which finds that they are living longer after age 65, a key factor driving the need to review the country’s retirement income systems. In remarks prepared for delivery at a conference of leading economists at Palmerston North today discussing fiscal...

  • What Kiwis say about payments and media

    What Kiwis say about payments and media

    Here is what New Zealander say, when interviewed by HorizonPoll, on the issue of media employees accepting payments from non-media organisations. These are comments made when respondents were asked: To which of the following should members of the media declare any payments they receive from...

  • Remember Oz "cash for comment" scandal?

    Remember Oz "cash for comment" scandal?

    The issue of media people allegedly accepting undisclosed outside payments created immense controversy in Australia, when an estimated $18 million was paid to top-rating talk show stars. In New Zealand, the public have strong views on the impacts on media credibility when payments from non-media...

  • Election results confirm six-way race held for Maori party vote

    Election results confirm six-way race held for Maori party vote

    A specialist Horizon Research Maori Panel survey between November 15 and 21, 2011, found a six-way split could occur for the party votes of Maori nationwide at the November 26 general election. The survey covered 779 Maori respondents who intended to cast a party vote. Respondents are members of...

  • Will it be alright on the night?

    Will it be alright on the night?

    Political commentator Richard Long is asking if anyone else getting a queasy feeling about the constant refrain that this election is all over, bar the shouting, and that the Nats are bolting home 20 points ahead of Labour? In an opinion piece on Stuff he says the Horizon Research polling, which...

  • What do Asians prefer?

    What do Asians prefer?

    Which main party do the main ethnic groups pefer to lead the next coalition government? The November 1-2 RadioLIVE-HorizonPoll, still underway, finds that across New Zealand: 37.7% of Asians would prefer a Labour-led coalition to govern after the election, 36.1% prefer a National-led one and 26.2%...

  • Chuffed Stuff

    Chuffed Stuff

    Fairfax is chuffed by the HorizonPoll which finds Stuff Number One among New Zealand’s media web sites. In this comment, Stuff editor Mark Stevens said he was delighted with the result, which came on the back of successes at the Canon Media Awards and the People's Choice NetGuide Web Awards....

  • Why not disclose full political poll results?

    Why not disclose full political poll results?

    Ex-patriate political scientist Rob Salmond has told Radio New Zealand's Media Watch programme Horizon Research is making good moves in polling undecided voters. On the July 31 programme Mr Salmond was discussing the large differences between DigiPoll, Colmar Brunton and Reid Research poll results...

  • Sunday Star Times on deals in high places

    Sunday Star Times on deals in high places

    Deals being done in high-profile seats such as Ohariu and Epsom will be critical to the next government, the Sunday Star Times reports. Ohariu, in Wellington, is held by United Future's Peter Dunne, while Epsom, in Auckland, is being vacated by Act's Rodney Hide and will be contested by former...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Comparing polls

    Comparing polls

    Some bloggers supporting various political parties are asking why Horizon's party vote poll results differ from other polls. They point out that other polls, mainly conducted by phone, have National about 20% ahead of Labour. Horizon's polls show a lesser margin, for example, 9.7% on May 14 and...

  • Star Times: National's Epsom problem

    Star Times: National's Epsom problem

    The Sunday Star Times says Horizon polling indicates National still faces a problem in the Epsom electorate, where it has stood down to allow Act leader Rodney Hide to win, taking his party to Wellington. The Star Times says John Key's coalition will again need that to happen, but his own party has...

  • BNZ: no economic quick fixes

    BNZ: no economic quick fixes

    BNZ chief economist Tony Alexander says the results of an HorizonPoll economic outlook survey are not at all surprising. The March 21-25 survey of more than 2000 voters finds more people believe the economy will decline this year rather than grow. Among A majority of bhusiness decision makers...

  • So how are Radio NZ listeners voting?

    So how are Radio NZ listeners voting?

    How do Radio New Zealand's National Programme listeners actually vote? New Zealand Herald media columnist John Drinnan reported this morning Prime Minister John Key was expected to start giving interviews to Radion New Zealand's Morning Report, which he has been avoiding. Drinnan said:" ..a...

  • What Kiwis say about their finances in 2011

    What Kiwis say about their finances in 2011

    Why are more New Zealanders thinking their personal finances will get worse, rather than better, during 2011? Here is the overall result for the question posted in HorizonPoll’s Mood of The Nation survey for the Sunday Star Times, between January 7 and 15, 2011, followed by what many of the...

  • TV3-HorizonPoll surveys align on tax reform

    TV3-HorizonPoll surveys align on tax reform

    A survey conducted for TV3 lines up with an earlier HorizonPoll one showing few think they have benefitted from major tax reforms. The TV3 survey of 1000 voters by Read Research has shown 70 percent of voters haven't noticed any benefit from the October tax cuts, which Prime Minister John Key is...

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