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  • How users rank their media's failure to act impartially on content from bloggers

    How users rank their media's failure to act impartially on content from bloggers

    National Radio is the mainstream medium with most of its users believing it has failed to act impartially in relation to material provided by bloggers, according to a HorizonPoll on issues arising from the publication of the book “Dirty Politics”. Central to some allegations in Mr...

  • Sugar free check-outs hit sweet spot

    Sugar free check-outs hit sweet spot

    Supermarkets which remove all sugary products from check- out lanes will hit a sweet spot with shoppers. A new Horizon Research study finds 34.1% of adults nationwide think supermarkets should remove confectionery and sugary items from all checkout lanes. 32.8% say it will make them feel better...

  • Large-scale illegal downloading from internet

    Large-scale illegal downloading from internet

    21 out of 100 adult New Zealanders say they have illegally downloaded content from the internet at some time when they know they should have paid for it. That’s the equivalent of 676,600 people. In the past week 222,300 adults overall have illegally downloaded knowing they should have paid....

  • New Zealanders accept 104 kph holiday speed tolerance

    New Zealanders accept 104 kph holiday speed tolerance

    New Zealanders accept more than oppose the police practice of imposing a 104 kph open road speed tolerance limit during holiday periods. As the nation heads toward the major Easter and Anzac Day holiday break, an independently conducted Horizon Research survey finds 42.6% of adults nationwide...

  • Listings fight could cost Trade Me up to 32% of its property traffic

    Listings fight could cost Trade Me up to 32% of its property traffic

    Trade Me faces significant risks if its recent price rises for property listings result in a further shift of advertisements to its main competitor web site. New research covering 2,471 adults nationwide finds that if the real estate industry-owned service www.realestate.co.nz achieves more...

  • 57% say completely cancel asset sales  after “No” vote

    57% say completely cancel asset sales after “No” vote

    A Horizon Research poll which correctly called the result of the asset sales referendum also found that 57% of New Zealanders wanted all future sales cancelled if the referendum result opposed sales. The official preliminary referendum result is 67.2% against and 32.5% for selling up to 49% of...

  • 89% want cosmetic testing on animals banned

    89% want cosmetic testing on animals banned

    89% of adult New Zealanders do not support testing cosmetics on animals. And 89.2% support banning the practice in this country. A HorizonPoll of 2,826 adults nationwide in October finds solid support among the voters for all major parties for following the lead of the European Union, India and...

  • Half of adults using second screens while watching TV

    Half of adults using second screens while watching TV

    About 51% or 1.7 million adult New Zealanders are now using other electronic devices while watching television. A new study by Horizon Research finds 184,000 adults are using electronic devices to respond to advertisements on television using an average of 2.5 devices, from smartphones to tablets,...

  • Referendum poll: 69.3% against partial state asset sales

    Referendum poll: 69.3% against partial state asset sales

    A poll using the question being asked in the November-December referendum finds 69.3% will vote against partial sale of state assets. 30.7% say yes when asked “do you support the Government selling up to 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New...

  • Few residents aware of rampless expressway

    Few residents aware of rampless expressway

    A HorizonPoll covering Kapiti District residents has found 63% unware that a new expressway won't have off and on ramps for them to serve the rural settlement of Te Horo. 41 per cent said they accessed State Highway 1 at points between Peka Peka and Otaki. 63 per cent were unaware they would not...

  • What the NZ breakfast survey reveals

    What the NZ breakfast survey reveals

    Kiwis love breakfast and while we know it’s the most important meal of the day, according to new research our busy lives are affecting the nutritional value of our breakfast choices. The Eggs Inc New Zealand Breakfast Survey, conducted in August by Horizon Research showed that only 11% of...

  • 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...

  • Strong disapproval of ban on low home deposits

    Strong disapproval of ban on low home deposits

    Nearly 40% of New Zealanders would disapprove of any Reserve Bank move to require home buyers to have a minimum 20% deposit, a HorizonPoll survey finds. 36.6% would approve if a deposit requirement were imposed by the Reserve Bank using a new tool in order to help deal with high housing demand and...

  • Firm "no" to party pill testing on animals

    Firm "no" to party pill testing on animals

    New Zealanders strongly oppose testing psychoactive substances like party pills on animals. A Horizon Resarch survey finds: Only 14.8% of adult New Zealanders surveyed support allowing animal testing on psychoactive substances, like party pills, if it produces the best results An overwhelming...

  • 79% want sea protest law change reviewed or stopped

    79% want sea protest law change reviewed or stopped

    Overall 79% of New Zealanders, regardless of their political alignment, believe a bill restricting rights to protest at sea should now go back to a Parliamentary Select Committee for more thorough scrutiny and public submissions or be dropped. The Crown Minerals (Permitting and Crown Land)...

  • SOE sales projected to raise more than $4.4 billion+

    SOE sales projected to raise more than $4.4 billion+

    New Zealand adults at this stage intend to definitely invest about $4.4 billion in state owned enterprise shares being offered for sale, or likely sale, by the Government. Further sales could be made to a significant group of adults who say they are “interested” in buying SOE shares, in...

  • Only 9% think NZ Super alone enough to live on

    Only 9% think NZ Super alone enough to live on

    Only 9 per cent of New Zealanders believe that NZ Superannuation alone will give them an adequate income in retirement according to Horizon Research survey results* released by the Financial Services Council. Another 65 per cent of New Zealanders disagree, 10 per cent are unsure and 15 per cent are...

  • Ngapuhi looking for jobs, unity, housing

    Ngapuhi looking for jobs, unity, housing

    Jobs, tribal unity and housing are the most important issues facing Ngāpuhi, the biggest iwi of Aotearoa, according to a new Horizon Research survey. It also finds that that Ngāpuhi overwhelmingly hope that the coming Te Tiriti o Waitangi settlement will provide education support, improved health,...

  • Third of households can't pay bills after 3 weeks' illness

    Third of households can't pay bills after 3 weeks' illness

    In New Zealand serious illness is 2.6 more times more likely to strike than a serious accident putting an earner off work for six months or more. The accident victim will get 80% of income from Accident Compensation. The illness victim without income protection will have their household income...

  • Aucklanders’ Support for SkyPath is sky high

    Aucklanders’ Support for SkyPath is sky high

    Market research to forecast patronage on the proposed SkyPath across Auckland Harbour Bridge reveals high demand from Aucklanders for recreational trips. Horizon Research reported that over a million recreational trips could be expected to be taken by Aucklanders in the first year, and 450,000 to a...

  • 45% more Kiwis aim to change jobs in 2013

    45% more Kiwis aim to change jobs in 2013

    12% of Kiwis 18 years of age or over will look to change jobs in the next twelve months, according to a recent HorizonPoll, and one in twenty will look to go overseas to work. Horizon Research has been listening to New Zealanders’ personal view of their employment prospects over multiple...

  • Average Kiwis economic expectations for 2013

    Average Kiwis economic expectations for 2013

    A HorizonPoll survey of what Kiwis think will happen with the economy in 2013 finds people positive about agriculture, exporting and research and development. But they expect a decline in manufacturing, employment and household incomes. Adults nationwide were asked to give their view of whether the...

  • Employment forecast to rise for 2013

    Employment forecast to rise for 2013

    There will be a nett rise in jobs created during the next year, according to a new HorizonPoll survey. 23.8% of adults in work think the organisations employing them will increase staff in the next 12 months, 16.6% will decrease staff and 43.9% will keep number the same. The outlook is more...

  • Coalition options on knife edge: National, Labour enjoy strong support rises

    Coalition options on knife edge: National, Labour enjoy strong support rises

    National and Labour have enjoyed significant increases in support among eligible voters. There would be a knife edge choice between potential National and Labour led coalitions if an election were held now. New Zealand First, with control of the cross benches, would determine what happened in...

  • 1.6 million adults in a 24 day Christmas shopping rush

    1.6 million adults in a 24 day Christmas shopping rush

    1.308 million will spread their present shopping in December right up to Christmas Eve. They will be joined by another 311,000 who say they’re going to leave present buying until the last few days before Christmas. According to a new survey by Horizon Research, the adult shoppers will...

  • 56% support Govt move to refocus councils

    56% support Govt move to refocus councils

    80% think their councils have lost focus and 56% support Government moves to redefine their role. These are among the main findings of a Horizon Research survey of 956 adults nationwide in August, 2012. Commissioned by the New Zealand Centre for Infrastructure Development and weighted to represent...

  • Strong desire for home solar energy

    Strong desire for home solar energy

    A new Horizon Research survey of more than 2000 New Zealand homeowners indicates there is a strong desire to use solar energy. The September 21-October 9 survey of 2,040 home owners nationwide finds 8% of respondents, or about 4% of the country's 1.74 million dwellings, has solar power or solar hot...

  • National, Labour slip in party vote poll

    National, Labour slip in party vote poll

    National and Labour have both lost support among the 18+ population as a whole in the latest Horizon Research poll. News of job losses and illegal intelligence gathering do not appear to have driven any statistically significant changes in voting overnight, with a 1% move away from National and 1%...

  • Survey shows Maori unhappy with economy, iwi - point to policy priorities

    Survey shows Maori unhappy with economy, iwi - point to policy priorities

    Horizon Research has released its Maori Viewpoint 2012 report, tracking the views of Maori nationwide on issues ranging from their personal household financial position to their iwis' performance. Maori are sending clear signals to their iwi and other policy makers on what they think are the most...

  • Google tops web site use in New Zealand

    Google tops web site use in New Zealand

    Google has the most visited web site in New Zealand. A Horizon Research poll on the websites Kiwi’s use most presented the usual suspects and a few surprises. Of the 3055, 18+ New Zealanders who participated in the survey 81% follow the world trend and use Google, making its search engine the...

  • Why businesses back charities

    Why businesses back charities

    New research has been released on how businesses view charities. The HorizonPoll research, conducted for Inspiring Communities with the support of Internal Affairs - Charities (formerly the Charities Commission) and the Sustainable Business Council, reveals what drives businesses to support...

  • Public deeply split on carbon pricing

    Public deeply split on carbon pricing

    Changes to the Emissions Trading Scheme have gone into Parliament as a new poll shows that New Zealanders are evenly split over whether we should even have a price on carbon. Carbon News reports that Climate Change Minister Tim Groser introduced his Climate Change Response (Emissions Trading and...

  • Most Kiwis back a green revolution

    Most Kiwis back a green revolution

    New Zealanders are willing to put their hands in their pockets to encourage clean industries and technologies. The survey, of 2829 New Zealanders aged 18-plus, taken between July 5 and 16, 2012, asked recipients about their attitude toward incentives to encourage technologies such as marine energy...

  • People want more action on climate change

    People want more action on climate change

    New Zealanders want the Government and business to do more about climate change – but most of all we want other countries to do something. A HorizonPoll for Carbon News shows that 67.5 per cent of respondents want business to do more to address global warming. Just 12.4 per cent of...

  • 22% slump in climate change concern

    22% slump in climate change concern

    The number of New Zealanders who think climate change is an urgent and immediate problem has slumped, according to a new poll. A HorizonPoll for Carbon News, finds that just over half of adult New Zealanders consider it urgent or a “problem for now”. But four years ago, three out of...

  • Majority backs Auckland motorway tolls

    Majority backs Auckland motorway tolls

    A majority of residents will support low level variable tolls on Auckland's motorways if this reduces congestion and helps fund major transport projects, according to a Horizon Research survey just released. The survey of 1,016 Aucklanders was commissioned by the New Zealand Council for...

  • Maori split on whether they own water rights

    Maori split on whether they own water rights

    While 90% of Maori don’t think state energy assets should be sold off until the Waitangi Tribunal reports on the issue, less than half believe Maori own water in the country’s rivers and lakes and should be able to attach a value to it. 44.4% of Maori believe, in general, that Maori own...

  • Maori: 90% say hold off energy asset share sales

    Maori: 90% say hold off energy asset share sales

    Nearly 90% of Maori want the Government to wait for the outcome of a special Waitangi Tribunal hearing before selling up to 49% of shares in three state energy companies which own hydro dams. Only 4.7% want share sales to proceed with a settlement made later, according to a survey being conducted...

  • 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...

  • Kiwi kids most patient on long car journeys

    Kiwi kids most patient on long car journeys

    In the lead-up to Mother’s Day, TomTom shares the road trip realities of 5,000 mums from around the world. An independent study reveals that it takes on average just 27 minutes for children to get bored on long car journeys. Of those countries surveyed, children in Australia get bored the...

  • National down 4.2%, Labour up 4.6%

    National down 4.2%, Labour up 4.6%

    National’s 18+ population support has fallen 4.21% compared with the last general election. Labour’s has risen 4.63% but is still below the 25% it had when it lost the 2008 general election to National. In the April/May 2012 HorizonPoll of 2,506 people aged 18+, New Zealand First holds...

  • 71.5% say media people less credible when they accept non-media cash

    71.5% say media people less credible when they accept non-media cash

    71.5% of New Zealanders think media people who accept cash or other benefits from a non-media organisation are less credible when doing their news work. 66.6% of NewstalkZB listeners think this way. The radio station’s breakfast presenter, Mike Hosking, has reportedly stood earn up to $48,000...

  • Fishing has more Kiwis hooked than Rugby

    Fishing has more Kiwis hooked than Rugby

    Rugby is New Zealand’s most watched sport, but fishing has more than five times more people participating. Rugby is watched by 68% of adult New Zealanders, with 5% playing it. However, 26% are going fishing (while 28% watch). The top four most watched sports in the country are Rugby (68% of...

  • Horizon acquires ShapeNZ

    Horizon acquires ShapeNZ

    Horizon Research Limited has acquired the ShapeNZ research service from the Sustainable Business Council (SBC). The SBC launched ShapeNZ in 2006 to allow the public to have a say on major policy issues, recruiting a 14,000 member panel representing the adult population. Horizon’s Principal,...

  • 540,000 using marijuana in past year

    540,000 using marijuana in past year

    New Zealand business decision makers are more likely to have used marijuana than the rest of the adult population. Twice as many have tried cocaine at least once in their lives, according to a nationwide survey conducted by Horizon Research. However, overall more adults than decision makers have...

  • Public back Shearer over Cunliffe for Labour leadership

    Public back Shearer over Cunliffe for Labour leadership

    David Shearer has twice as much public support to be Labour leader than David Cuncliffe. 35.4% of adult New Zealanders would prefer Shearer as Labour leader, 16.9% Cunliffe. Shearer is also seen to better represent the sort of things respondents believe in and to have an edge in several leadership...

  • MMP: Horizon 56% - votes cast 55.76%

    MMP: Horizon 56% - votes cast 55.76%

    Horizon’s final pre-election survey found 56% of the votes cast would be to not change the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) voting system. The official preliminary referendum result is 55.76% of votes cast support keeping MMP. In the second part of the referendum, in which voters were asked to...

  • Commentary: Predictions for the 2011 general election

    Commentary: Predictions for the 2011 general election

    Here are Horizon's predictions for the 2011 General Election. We've waited until the last minute to post them, so as to take into account the latest polls by Horizon, Reid Research, Colmar Brunton, DigiPoll and other polling companies. Polling the electorate during an intense election campaign is...

  • Kiwis back action to secure $1 trillion in new trade

    Kiwis back action to secure $1 trillion in new trade

    Pure Advantage, the organisation championing a move to a green growth economy, says the latest polling by independent research company Horizon shows there is widespread public support for New Zealand to secure its share of the $6 trillion global opportunity that green growth promises by 2050. The...

  • How Goff and Key are making people feel

    How Goff and Key are making people feel

    There have been some significant changes during the election campaign in the way Labour Leader Phil Goff and National leader John Key are making people feel. Emotion is believed to play an important role in driving voter choice. Nov-11 Goff Key Key relative to Goff Angry 11.10% 21.90% 10.80% Afraid...

  • Public: don't release tea tape

    Public: don't release tea tape

    The country is highly polarised over the unauthorised recording of a meeting between the Prime Minister, John Key, and the Act party’s Epsom candidate, John Banks. 53% say that neither Mr Key nor Mr Banks, as parties to the conversation, should authorise the public release of the recording....

  • Country evenly split on preferred main party coalition leader

    Country evenly split on preferred main party coalition leader

    The country is now evenly split on which main party is preferred to lead a coalition government if one is required after Saturday’s general election. A 5.5% preference lead for National has closed completely since October 29. 41.5% now want a Labour-led government, 41.1% a National-led one. ...

  • Neck and neck on November 1-5 campaign performance

    Neck and neck on November 1-5 campaign performance

    National and Labour's campaign performances between November 1and 5 are rated almost neck and neck. A RadioLIVE-HorizonPoll of 1636 respondents nationwide finds the parties' campaigns rating just 2% apart. Labour’s election campaign rates best with 50.5% saying it is good to excellent....

  • Labour up 4.1%, Winston king maker

    Labour up 4.1%, Winston king maker

    The first nationwide post-leaders’ debate party vote poll shows significant changes in support for National and Labour. A RadioLIVE-HorizonPoll yesterday of 1,147 registered electors who intend to vote at the November general election, shows: National down 3.6% to 35.7% of decided voters and...

  • Election cliff hanger – new Conservatives could play vital role

    Election cliff hanger – new Conservatives could play vital role

    Act support is sliding and the new Conservative party’s support rising in the latest RadioLIVE-HorizonPoll. When the results for both decided voters and undecided voters with a preference are considered, the current National-led coalition would have 61 seats in a 122 seat Parliament. A...

  • 5.5% gap between preferred National-Labour coalition options

    5.5% gap between preferred National-Labour coalition options

    The first poll of the 2011 election campaign shows 42.1% of voters would prefer a National-led government after the November 26 general election. A Labour-led government is preferred by 36.6% (a 5.5% gap). However, 21.3% are undecided. The RadioLIVE-HorizonPoll of 887 voters between Tuesday and...

  • Rugby world Cup: 65% say "do it again"

    Rugby world Cup: 65% say "do it again"

    83% back the All Blacks, 57% will be in front of telly, up to 112,000 downtown - and 65% say do it again The All Blacks go onto Eden Park tonight with 83% of New Zealanders thinking they will win. Fine weather in Auckland could see between 80,000 and 112,000 fans descend on three downtown Auckland...

  • Overwhelming opposition to battery hen cages

    Overwhelming opposition to battery hen cages

    New Zealanders are as united in their support of the All Blacks as they are opposed to battery cages. A comprehensive opinion poll, released today by animal advocacy group SAFE, reveals a consensus across all sectors of the population that battery hen cages should be banned, with 85 per cent of New...

  • Voters feel poorly informed on MMP alternatives

    Voters feel poorly informed on MMP alternatives

    74% of New Zealanders want the Electoral Commission to send them more information about alternative voting systems to MMP before casting their votes on electoral reform in just 10 weeks’ time. Some 38.6% of 2,571 voters polled by Horizon Research say they will vote to keep MMP, 33% will vote...

  • Answers to worker shortages lie in training changes

    Answers to worker shortages lie in training changes

    Going overseas to find skilled trades people is one solution to current shortages, but the head of one of New Zealand’s largest employers says there is another to be found right at home. Mike Huddleston, Chief Executive of AWF Group, says a nationwide AWF Group-Horizon Workforce Survey...

  • Fairfax has other New Zealand media sites well stuffed

    Fairfax has other New Zealand media sites well stuffed

    Fairfax’s Stuff web site is the most used media one in New Zealand. A July-August 2011 nationwide HorizonPoll finds Stuff is being visited each month by 52% of New Zealanders aged 18 plus. This indicates it is attracting an audience of about 1.66 million adult New Zealanders who say they have...

  • Capital gains tax attracts more support than opposition

    Capital gains tax attracts more support than opposition

    More New Zealanders support than oppose a capital gains tax. The first nationwide poll conducted since the policy announcement finds 40.9% support Labour’s capital gains tax (CGT) proposal , 34.1% oppose, 17.9% are neutral and 7.1% don’t know. The HorizonPoll survey of 1201 people on...

  • Political scientist: tracking undecided voters "critical"

    Political scientist: tracking undecided voters "critical"

    HorizonPoll’s party vote research is seen as going to tell a better story between now and the November general election. In this TVNZ Media7 broadcast, political economist Keith Rankin, who teaches Economics and Statistics in Unitec's Department of Accounting and Finance, says other polls are...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 89% oppose having to prove innocence over internet downloads

    89% oppose having to prove innocence over internet downloads

    Only 1.6% of New Zealanders support a new law’s provision requiring people to prove their innocence, or face penalties of up to $15,000 and internet disconnection, if accused of breaching copyright when transferring files. Some 89% think authorities should have to prove a person has illegally...

  • Jones closes in on Sharples

    Jones closes in on Sharples

    Maori Party co-leader leader Pita Sharples’ 7,540 majority in the Tamaki Makaurau electorate appears to have eroded to about 1,140. An Horizon Research Maori Panel poll shows Sharples would get 47.8% of candidate votes in the largely Auckland-centred Tamaki Makaurau electorate while his new...

  • Post quake poll: National-led coalition ahead

    Post quake poll: National-led coalition ahead

    The current governing coalition would stay in power according to a new HorizonPoll. The National led coalition would secure 46.2% of the party vote. A Labour-Green-New Zealand First coalition would have 40.6%. Some 8.2% remain undecided. National’s vote has lifted 2.6% since the February 222...

  • Only 11.5% of Maori support Harawiri new party move

    Only 11.5% of Maori support Harawiri new party move

    Some 11.5% of Maori support Te Tai Tokerau MP Hone Harawira seeking re-election as a member of a new Maori or left wing party. This according to a nationwide poll of 1,047 Maori since Tuesday by the new specialist Horizon Research Maori Panel. The poll finds he would enjoy more than twice as much...

  • More than 1,300 join new Maori Panel in less 48 hours

    More than 1,300 join new Maori Panel in less 48 hours

    More than 1,300 have joined HorizonPoll's new Maori Panel in less than 48 hours. Of these 1,050 had completed the first Maori Panel survey, covering issues ranging from the financial position of their households, to how well they feel consulted on iwi issues, if they are personally seeing the...

  • New panel to find what Maori "really think"

    New panel to find what Maori "really think"

    Horizon Research today launches a major new panel to research the views of Maori nationwide. We're aiming to make sure Maori are heard, and have some influence. We are responding to those who make big decisions affecting Maori treaty settlements, investments and policy issues. They’ve asked...

  • Wealth gap worries Kiwis

    Wealth gap worries Kiwis

    ACCUSATIONS THAT New Zealand is one of the worst performers in the developed world when it comes to the income gap between rich and poor have been validated by a Sunday Star-Times survey. Conducted by Horizon Research, it shows the burgeoning gap between the haves and have-nots is frothing over...

  • Business poll indicates no double dip recession

    Business poll indicates no double dip recession

    Business decision-makers believe New Zealand is not headed for a double-dip recession, a poll commissioned by the Sunday Star-Times shows. Almost half (49.6%) of those with key decision-making roles in business say they do not believe the country will go back into recession, auguring if not a...

  • Detailed results on how political leaders make you feel

    Detailed results on how political leaders make you feel

    Here is the summary table of results on how political leaders make New Zealanders feel. This table covers results across all politicians surveyed. Download Document...

  • How political leaders make New Zealanders feel

    How political leaders make New Zealanders feel

    The Sunday Star Times-HorizonPoll for the first time publishes how some of the main political leaders make New Zealanders feel. The Sunday Star Times reports this morning that Labour leader Phil Goff makes us feel nervous, Act's Rodney Hide makes us angry, and Prime Minister John Key makes us...

  • What do Kiwis expect in 2011?

    What do Kiwis expect in 2011?

    HorizonPoll has launched its first survey for 2011 - covering what people expect to happen to them and the country this year. The Mood of The Nation survey seeks views and feelings on what it's like living in New Zealand right now, and how the year ahead will be for individuals and the country: how...

  • Wool share applications appear to match HorizonPoll findings

    Wool share applications appear to match HorizonPoll findings

    The number of shares in a new co-operative being applied for by strong wool growers appears to be matching Horizon Research findings. The Wool Partners Co-operative has announced it has raised $35 million - just more than half its $65 million target. It says this is despite efforts by the Wool...

  • Wool co-op share float may be sinking

    Wool co-op share float may be sinking

    Over 70 percent of wool growers will not be applying for shares in the Wool Partners Co-operative float, according to an independent survey by Horizon Research that was commissioned by the New Zealand Council of Wool Exporters. The HorizonPoll internet survey of 618 respondents was conducted...

  • HorizonPoll shows National’s vote up on 2008

    HorizonPoll shows National’s vote up on 2008

    The HorizonPoll which shows New Zealand First may determine which of the main parties governs after the next election also shows National’s vote is higher than at the 2008 election. HorizonPoll says people interpreting the poll should bear in mind it expresses results as a percentage of the...

  • Strong public backing for new surveillance powers, curbs to media freedom

    Strong public backing for new surveillance powers, curbs to media freedom

    Eight out of 10 New Zealanders support a proposed law which will require people to provide information to police or face penalties of up to $40,000 or a year in jail. Although only 29.5% have heard of the Search and Surveillance Bill now before Parliament, 79.5% support its provisions to require...

  • 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...

  • Should you be made to answer police questions?

    Should you be made to answer police questions?

    This new HorizonPoll nationwide survey covers new law proposed by the Government to help police investigate serious crime. We seek your views on some important issues: proposals to increase police powers; the deal done to keep the Hobbit films' production in New Zealand; how our main political...

  • TSB bank rates as the most excellent

    TSB bank rates as the most excellent

    TSB bank scores the highest “excellent” rating among those who have dealings with it. Some 43.6% rate their dealings with TSB as excellent. Second is Kiwibank with 35%. Last of seven main banks surveyed by HorizonPoll is Westpac with a 28.4% excellent rating, though it had most...

  • Parker 19% ahead of Anderton in Christchurch Mayoral race

    Parker 19% ahead of Anderton in Christchurch Mayoral race

    Bob Parker has a 19% lead over Jim Anderton as preferred Mayor of Christchurch, according to HorizonPoll. Parker attracts 46% of voters, Anderton 27% in the special poll of 321 Christchurch City residents between September 23 and 26. Weighted, the survey has a maximum margin of error of +/- 5.5%....

  • Some viewed less favourably over quake response

    Some viewed less favourably over quake response

    People in Canterbury have rated the performance of people and orgaisations during the earthqaukes disaster. Emergency services received high praise for their efforts, with 94 per cent rating the Fire Service response as very good or excellent, The Press newspaper reports this morning in its...

  • Quake regions' top priority: basic infrastructure

    Quake regions' top priority: basic infrastructure

    Getting water, sewerage and other basic services restored is the task most Canterbury residents want the Government and councils to focus on. The Second highest priority should be re housing, and rehabilitating the housing, of those whose homes are worst affected by the September 4 earthquake and...

  • Most Cantabrians: We'll be back to normal within a year

    Most Cantabrians: We'll be back to normal within a year

    Cantabrians are optimistic about an early return to normality after this month's massive earthquake, an online poll shows. Chrstchurch's The Press newspaper reports this morning that an HorizonPoll survey of 358 people has found 65 per cent believe their lives will return to normal within a year of...

  • Quakes stressing 80% of Cantabrians – 1% will quit region

    Quakes stressing 80% of Cantabrians – 1% will quit region

    Nearly 80% of people in Canterbury are describing the level of hardship they’re experiencing as a result of the earthquakes as stressful. Ten per cent say it is very stressful, according to a new HorizonPoll survey. 26% report it is stressful, 41% slightly stressful. Only 20% say...

  • Majority of super city voters don’t know mailing deadline

    Majority of super city voters don’t know mailing deadline

    HorizonPoll reveals majority of people yet to vote in Auckland’s first super city elections don’t know when to return ballot papers. Fifty one per cent don’t know voting closes at noon, Saturday October 9, 2010. More than 56% don’t know voting papers need to be posted by 5pm...

  • National has 8% lead over Labour, 20% undecided

    National has 8% lead over Labour, 20% undecided

    National has an 8% lead over Labour in the latest HorizonPoll voting intentions survey covering 3,673 New Zealanders. National has 30% of voters (3% down on its 2008 share of all adult New Zealanders). Labour has 22% (3% down on its 2008 share of all adult New Zealanders). ACT has 2% (down from...

  • Country split on Government handling of economy

    Country split on Government handling of economy

    The country is evenly split over the Government’s handling of the economy: 29% disapprove, 28% approve. An HorizonPoll survey of 3,655 New Zealanders shows 35% neither approve nor disapprove, while 8% don’t know. Weighted to represent the national population, the August 24 to September...

  • Trade Me, banks, Facebook top net ratings

    Trade Me, banks, Facebook top net ratings

    Trade Me rates as the country’s most visited web site in the past 30 days. An HorizonPoll of 3179 New Zealanders nationwide between August 23 and 28 shows 83% have visited or used Trade Me. Online banking comes second with 73% and Facebook third with 71%. Among media sites Stuff (the Fairfax...

  • Government announces savings working group

    Government announces savings working group

    An independent Savings Working Group announced today by the Government has a wide brief to consider how New Zealand can improve its national savings, Finance Minister Bill English says. "Improving the level of national savings is the next step in the Government's programme for tilting the economy...

  • What's New Zealand's most popular sport?

    What's New Zealand's most popular sport?

    Which sport has most people watching? And which has most participating? The question is being put to HorizonPoll panel members in this survey You're welcome to join the panel and be heard right now....

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