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  • Why book reading's important

    Why book reading's important

    So nearly 400,000 New Zealand adults are not reading books. In an age when streaming movies, social and other media can consume a lot of our time, it's interesting that overall, 88% of adults, equivalent to around 2,804,900 New...

  • When conscience counts

    When conscience counts

    The assisted dying debate is heating up and Horizon’s polling indicates Members of Parliament will be on solid ground with large majorities of their voters if they support a law change. In the current survey...

  • Kiwis' advice to media owners

    Kiwis' advice to media owners

    Media executives and journalists will probably dislike reading this. And it may be interesting to see how many report it. But here are the unedited comments...

  • Why run a Mayoral poll?

    Why run a Mayoral poll?

    Derek Handley says why his charitable foundation commissioned Auckland Mayoral election polling... At the last general election I was really keen to get young voters engaged and backed the concept of the ...

  • Stiffling your views?

    Stiffling your views?

    This commentary is from The National Business Review, reporting on...

  • Bye cruel eggs?

    Bye cruel eggs?

    New Zealanders don't like the cruelty they believe is involved in producing caged eggs. Now McDonalds is responding here and in the United States to use only cage free eggs, according to ...

  • 7 wasted years?

    7 wasted years?

    While 1 in 10 of our school pupils is obese and 1 in 5 is over weight, 4 out of 10 schools are not running a healthy food programme. The New Zealand Herald has run these reaction...

  • Flexing housing muscle trouble for Govt?

    Flexing housing muscle trouble for Govt?

    Do Aucklanders still want to decide the shape of their city, not central government? Housing Minister Nick Smith, in a story first broken by Radio NZ,  has reminded...

  • How many are missing breakfast?

    How many are missing breakfast?

    Plenty of us are skipping breakfast. And it's making the news in the National Business Review which reports: ...

  • Would New Zealanders give you a licence to operate?

    Would New Zealanders give you a licence to operate?

    By Graeme Colman.- Sometimes a story about how we treat employees crashes through the media clutter – and reminds us how important it is to behave sustainably.   That how we treat people...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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. ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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 surve...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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:   ...

  • 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 ...

  • 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....

  • 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 ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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?” ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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,...

  • 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...

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