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  • Where the money's coming from in retirement

    Where the money's coming from in retirement

    Those over 65 and retired are relying strongly on the New Zealand Superannuation pension income (86%). Research by Horizon for the Financial Services Council, finds...

  • Most will be living on pension alone 10 years after retiring

    Most will be living on pension alone 10 years after retiring

    For most retirees, savings and income from assets lasts for less than 10 years after retirement, reducing most to living off the New Zealand Superannuation pension alone. With the average person expecting to be retired for 20+ years, New Zealand retirees expect to live the...

  • Who’s going on honeymoon with the new Government

    Who’s going on honeymoon with the new Government

    Nearly twice as many New Zealanders are feeling positive rather than negative about the effect the new Labour-led government will have on them personally. A Horizon Research survey of 1,068 adults nationwide between October 24 and November 1, 2017, finds overall that ...

  • 77% of younger adults streaming movies online

    77% of younger adults streaming movies online

    77% of the country’s 18-24 year-olds have viewed a movie online in the past month. A Horizon Research survey of content younger New Zealanders have viewed by streaming online, either to a...

  • National best party, Ardern best leader

    National best party, Ardern best leader

    The National Party is seen as the best party for their future by 36% of adult New Zealanders, marginally ahead of Labour, on 35%, according to a Horizon Research poll. When asked “which party leader do you think will...

  • Labour best to manage most issues, but not the economy overall

    Labour best to manage most issues, but not the economy overall

    Definite voters think Labour is best to manage 10 of 17 major issues. A Horizon poll finds Labour is seen as better to manage health, housing, immigration,...

  • Main parties in dead heat

    Main parties in dead heat

    National and Labour are almost dead even in the latest Horizon party vote poll. Among those who are registered, have made up their minds and will definitely vote, National has 38.5% support. Labour has 38.2%. ...

  • Ardern drives vote switch: nett 10% leave National for Labour

    Ardern drives vote switch: nett 10% leave National for Labour

    Labour’s leadership change has potentially shifted 11% of the 2014 National Party vote to Labour, while 2% of Labour's 2014 voters are switching to National. The choice of...

  • 2.8 m adults reading books, 394,000 not

    2.8 m adults reading books, 394,000 not

    A new survey into New Zealanders’ reading habits confirms not only are we a nation that loves to read – we devour an average of 20.6 books a year – but also a nation that loves to read our own stories. Overall, 88% of adults, equivalent...

  • DIR could stop 39% of Aucklanders buying a dwelling

    DIR could stop 39% of Aucklanders buying a dwelling

    39% of Aucklanders think they will not be able to buy homes if the Government gives the Reserve Bank a new power and home lending is limited to five times household income. Horizon Research finds the preferred debt to income ratio (DIR) of five favoured by the bank in a...

  • Oops, we bought a house ...

    Oops, we bought a house ...

    They weren’t intending to buy – but saw a property and did. New research for Property Press finds 14% of adults say this has happened to them. It happened to 16 out of every 100 who bought a property to live in during the past year. ...

  • Property media readership - newspapers beaten

    Property media readership - newspapers beaten

    Latest research finds readership of newspaper property sections trailing the specialist magazine Property Press. Property Press is being read by 1,296,500 New Zealanders each month. This puts the magazine ahead of daily and local newspapers' print...

  • Supply-demand gap of 48,000 dwellings for 2017

    Supply-demand gap of 48,000 dwellings for 2017

    The number of people nationwide saying they will “definitely” buy or sell a residential property in the next 12 months has decreased. Horizon Research has been tracking definite buying and selling intentions for ...

  • Trust in charities "moderate" but higher than banks

    Trust in charities "moderate" but higher than banks

    Charities in New Zealand score a moderate trust rating of 5.9 out of 10. The result is in the 2016 Public Trust and Confidence in Charities survey, conducted for Charities Services by Horizon Research. Trust is slightly down from...

  • Winston's choice: 77% of his voters prefer Labour-led Government

    Winston's choice: 77% of his voters prefer Labour-led Government

    More would prefer Labour to lead than National if a colaition government is needed later this year. In 2014,...

  • Disbelief, disagreement greet major media merger plan

    Disbelief, disagreement greet major media merger plan

    Nearly three times as many New Zealanders oppose the proposed merger of the country’s two largest media companies than support it.   ...

  • Community reputation's big impact on business

    Community reputation's big impact on business

    Being perceived as community friendly can have a huge impact on who New Zealanders decide to buy from. New research finds 74% of...

  • Fly Buys rated best loyalty scheme

    Fly Buys rated best loyalty scheme

    Consumers rate Fly Buys as the country’s best loyalty scheme.   ...

  • Goff 27% ahead of nearest Mayoral rival

    Goff 27% ahead of nearest Mayoral rival

    Surveying of eligible voters within Auckland City finds Phil Goff has 38% support, 27% ahead of his nearest rival Vic Crone on 11%. ...

  • Text offers have highest satisfaction rate

    Text offers have highest satisfaction rate

    82% of New Zealanders receive personalised offers/promotions direct from retailers via email.  The second...

  • 438,000+ posting their news comments

    438,000+ posting their news comments

    Nearly 14 in every 100 New Zealand adults has posted comments on stories on news media web sites. A July 7-14 HorizonPoll result comes at a time when Radio New Zealand has announced it is ...

  • What New Zealanders think of their print media

    What New Zealanders think of their print media

    Only 9% of adults find the newspapers and magazines they use totally credible: there is a nett credibility gap overall of -16%. Only 36% feel their newspapers and magazines are doing as well as they possibly can, and there is a large number planning to stop buying them...

  • Terrorist attack: 14% of adults fear personal, family harm

    Terrorist attack: 14% of adults fear personal, family harm

    Most New Zealanders generally feel a terrorist attack in the country is not likely. On a scale of 1 to 10, where 1 is extremely likely and 10 extremely unlikely, the average rating is 5.1 – effectively neither likely nor unlikely. However,...

  • Most accurate flag poll

    Most accurate flag poll

    Horizon Research had the most accurate poll results on the alternative New Zealand flag: just 0.17% out. Final results from the Electoral Commission released on December 15,...

  • Close voting result likely between the colourful silver fern flags

    Close voting result likely between the colourful silver fern flags

    Voting in the referendum to choose an alternative New Zealand flag is likely to narrowly favour the design featuring the Silver Fern with Black, White and Blue.   It wins marginally over the Silver Fern with Red,...

  • The big home supply and demand gap

    The big home supply and demand gap

      The number of people definitely looking to buy a residential...

  • 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...

  • The big and growing trend: working from home

    The big and growing trend: working from home

    The number of New Zealand adults working fulltime from home or remotely from their organisations has doubled in the past 9 years.   A Horizon Research survey finds 30% of New Zealand adult employees are now working full or part time from home or other remote locations. ...

  • 420,000 adults providing unpaid care for elderly

    420,000 adults providing unpaid care for elderly

    More than 420,000 adults are providing unpaid care to someone aged over 65.   These are the findings of a pathfinding survey by Horizon Research, conducted for the Financial Services Council.   The equivalent of 427,500 New Zealanders (13% of the...

  • Public support for healthy food in schools

    Public support for healthy food in schools

    Strong public support for the Government to take a lead on healthy food in schools and childcare services is revealed in a recent poll.   Results showed 78 percent are in favour of the government requiring schools and childcare services...

  • Curbs favoured on marketing unhealthy food to children

    Curbs favoured on marketing unhealthy food to children

    A HorizonPoll finds a large majority of New Zealand adults support government action on restricting unhealthy food marketing to children. The poll carried out in June this year, showed a majority of 73 percent in favour of Government action on restrictions. ...

  • Global Mode’s demise immediately impacts nearly 170,000

    Global Mode’s demise immediately impacts nearly 170,000

    About 169,500 New Zealand adults will be directly affected by the pending shutdown of Global Mode services which give people access to overseas media content. Sky TV, TVNZ, MediaWorks and Lightbox...

  • Potential new $7.27 billion P2P lending market

    Potential new $7.27 billion P2P lending market

    HorizonPoll surveys capturing more than 4,300 responses from adults nationwide reveal the huge potential for the country’s new peer-to-peer (P2P) lending and crowd equity funding markets.   P2P and crowd equity funding services,  newly authorised services matching...

  • Nearly 30,000 more want to buy homes than want to sell

    Nearly 30,000 more want to buy homes than want to sell

    Any Reserve Bank relaxing of rules allowing banks to lend to more people with less than 20% deposits for homes would increase the number of “definite buyers” in the market from 5.9% to 7.3%.   Some 5.9% of adult New Zealanders say they are...

  • Adult smartphone ownership will hit 79% within year

    Adult smartphone ownership will hit 79% within year

    Around 79% of all adults in New Zealand will have a smartphone by September next year.   A Horizon Research survey finds 69% of people aged 18+ now have smartphones. Another 10.4% say they intend to...

  • Dirty Politics voting impact

    Dirty Politics voting impact

    National may have suffered the loss of support over the dirty politics issue which was forecast in an August 18-25 HorizonPoll of 1,752 adults nationwide. The poll, conducted during in first 12 days of...

  • Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations

    Significant fallout from Dirty Politics allegations

    Large numbers of New Zealanders are aware of and talking about the issues raised as a result of the publication of Nicky Hager’s book, Dirty Politics, according to results of an August 18-25 HorizonPoll of 1,752 adults nationwide.   By large majorities they find dirty...

  • 59% of intending NZ First voters prefer a Labour-led coalition

    59% of intending NZ First voters prefer a Labour-led coalition

    Winston Peters faces the prospect of going against the wishes of nearly 59% of those who intend to vote for his party if he decides to support a National-led government after the September 20 general election. ...

  • 79% want fairer savings taxes

    79% want fairer savings taxes

    79% of New Zealanders want lower taxes on their savings, according to independent polling for the Financial Services Council in June-July, 2014.   More than two million New Zealanders have funds in...

  • Close run result on preferences for change of coalition government

    Close run result on preferences for change of coalition government

    The close run nature of support for National and Labour led coalitions, if one is needed after the September 20 election, is confirmed in Horizon and Ipsos polls out today.   A Horizon poll of 1,925 adults nationwide between May 23 and June 16 (maximum margin of error +/-...

  • 41% say "force me to save"

    41% say "force me to save"

    The public resoundingly disagree with one university expert’s opinion that New Zealand does not have a savings problem and don’t need compulsory KiwiSaver.   The Financial Services Council (FSC) has released results of research undertaken by Horizon on support...

  • 48% say scrap KiwiSaver tax credit to fund tax cuts on savings

    48% say scrap KiwiSaver tax credit to fund tax cuts on savings

    A Horizon Poll commissioned by the Financial Services Council shows KiwiSavers support removing the annual $521 members tax credit (MTC) to fund lower KiwiSaver fund tax rates.   $288,000 benefit from lowering tax on savings interest: These proposed...

  • Telecom’s internet television service could appeal to a million

    Telecom’s internet television service could appeal to a million

    Telecom might have a market of more than a million New Zealand adults interested in using its internet television service if the content and price are affordable. An independently conducted survey...

  • Majority think National will lead after election, but would prefer Labour

    Majority think National will lead after election, but would prefer Labour

    66.5% of New Zealand voters think National will lead a coalition government if one is needed after the September 20 general election.   However, 51.5% would prefer Labour to lead a coalition if...

  • Irrigation supported - only if environment protected

    Irrigation supported - only if environment protected

    A new independent survey shows an overwhelming majority of Kiwis don’t want large-scale irrigation schemes and intensive agriculture expansion if there is failure to protect downstream waterways so that they remain safe for swimming, fishing and food gathering.   The...

  • Kiwis say dairying has gone too far

    Kiwis say dairying has gone too far

    A new independent survey shows New Zealanders believe the economy is either too heavily dependent on dairy farming (37%) or the growth of intensive dairying has gone too far (31%).   Only 19% believe the country should continue to grow dairy farming, with more cows per...

  • Sugar poll: don't tax, reduce serving sizes

    Sugar poll: don't tax, reduce serving sizes

    More than 850,000 adult New Zealanders believe they or someone in their household have developed health problems as a result of consuming sugar.   However, they prefer reducing the amount of sugar in drinks and reducing the size of sugar-containing drinks to imposing a sugar...

  • Mass mistrust of contactless transaction credit cards

    Mass mistrust of contactless transaction credit cards

    New Zealanders mistrust contactless transaction credit cards.   Major credit cards have introduced a service through which users can wave or tap a credit card to pay for transactions...

  • Banks, insurance firms financial advisers' main competitors

    Banks, insurance firms financial advisers' main competitors

    Banks and insurance companies remain the biggest threat to insurance advisers in spite of the rise of online insurance sales, according to a new survey by Horizon Research.   Niko Kloeten, ...

  • Retirement income: “They have to do something”

    Retirement income: “They have to do something”

    The idea of introducing compulsory retirement saving is generally well received among employees on below-average incomes, according to qualitative research conducted through the HorizonPoll panel.   Horizon Research recruited 33 people for one-on-one interviews which were...

  • Brown-Palino gap 15.8%: Horizon's call 14%

    Brown-Palino gap 15.8%: Horizon's call 14%

    Horizon's mid voting poll for all voters found a 14% gap likely between candidates Len Brown and John Palino. The official provisional final result was a 15.8% gap. Our earlier story regarding these results, looking at different scenarios,...

  • Suburbans New Zealand’s most-read newspapers

    Suburbans New Zealand’s most-read newspapers

    Local suburbans are collectively the most read newspapers in New Zealand.   38.4% of adults surveyed nationwide between September 13 and 17 say they have read a suburban newspaper in the past 30 days, the equivalent of more than 1.29 million aged 18+, according to a new...

  • Palino closes on Brown among definite voters in Auckland Mayoralty race

    Palino closes on Brown among definite voters in Auckland Mayoralty race

    In a mostly two-way race for Auckland’s Mayoralty, there is a 12% gap between the main candidates, incumbent Len Brown and candidate John Palino. Mr Brown has a comfortable lead on Mr Palino...

  • Government suffers poor performance ratings on Auckland issues

    Government suffers poor performance ratings on Auckland issues

    Nearly 47 out of 100 Aucklanders rated the Government’s performance on the Central Rail Link project as poor in the fortnight before it announced it would support a 2020 start date for the project.   46.9% rated performance on the issue has poor to very poor and 19.9%...

  • We’re not pure: target waterway clean up

    We’re not pure: target waterway clean up

    Only 4% of New Zealanders believe the country lives up to its environmentally pure overseas marketing message. Forced to choose yes or no – 55% say “no”.   At the same time, 83.7% of the 2152 respondents to the Sustainable Business Council – Fairfax...

  • How Kiwi consumers will flex their buying power

    How Kiwi consumers will flex their buying power

    67% of adult New Zealanders could switch brands if they found their regular brand or service provider was having a bad affect on the environment, people or society, or was behaving unethically.   The latest Sustainable Business Council – Fairfax Media survey on...

  • Ethical choice making ground with shoppers

    Ethical choice making ground with shoppers

    Ethical worries are staging a comeback in the battle of conscience versus price, after suffering some serious post-recession fatigue.   Each year the Sustainable Business Council/Fairfax Business and Consumer Behaviour Survey, conducted by Horizon Research, asks shoppers...

  • Technology saving time - but we feel busier

    Technology saving time - but we feel busier

    New Zealanders believe technology has resulted in a timesaving of six hours a week on average compared with a decade ago; however, three quarters of us are still feeling the pressure when it comes to managing our time.   According to the Visa payWave Currency of Time Survey,...

  • New Zealanders moving smartly away from standard mobiles

    New Zealanders moving smartly away from standard mobiles

    More adults in New Zealand now have a smartphone than a standard mobile.   The number of adults with smartphones has reached nearly 50%, while the number with standard mobiles is 45.2%.   More than 456,000 more adults now have a smartphone than in...

  • Insurers can sell a million new policies in next year

    Insurers can sell a million new policies in next year

    A new survey shows just New Zealand adults intend buying more than a million new insurance policies during the next 12 months.   Existing customers also intend to increase their existing insurance cover on 695,000 of their policies, but only cancel 94,000 policies. ...

  • Serious illness equals serious financial trouble

    Serious illness equals serious financial trouble

    Key point summary:   972,700 households with annual incomes $20,000+ do not have income protection Each year the primary income earner in 14,980 of those households will fall seriously ill and be...

  • Strong support for universal KiwiSaver

    Strong support for universal KiwiSaver

    New Zealanders today regret the decision to abolish compulsory superannuation in 1976, and a solid majority of New Zealanders now favour the reintroduction of a universal KiwiSaver scheme.   Almost three out of four New Zealanders agree now that it was a mistake to scrap the...

  • Who looks in stores, then buys online

    Who looks in stores, then buys online

    About 15 in every 100 adult New Zealand shoppers with internet access are looking at items in stores – before buying online.   About seven in 100 are buying online from a different retailer than the one who showed them or let them try on items.   A...

  • 64% of Aucklanders support $2.5 billion city rail link project

    64% of Aucklanders support $2.5 billion city rail link project

     Main findings summary of a Horizon Research City Rail Link survey:   75% of Aucklanders want integrated bus-rail improvements to their public transport 64% support building the major City Rail Link (CRL)...

  • 80.7% want independent investigation of complaints against police

    80.7% want independent investigation of complaints against police

    A Horizon Research survey over the weekend finds 80.7% of New Zealanders want all complaints about the police to be investigated independently.   The survey also finds:   76.3% think the Independent Police Conduct Authority should have the power...

  • 65% yes for convention centre, 57% no to SkyCity deal

    65% yes for convention centre, 57% no to SkyCity deal

    Putting aside the issue of who should operate it, 65% of New Zealanders want an international convention centre built at Auckland.   18% oppose, while 17% don’t know.   However, 56.9% oppose the idea of...

  • 62.9% support end of life choice

    62.9% support end of life choice

    A HorizonPoll of 2,969 adult New Zealanders finds 62.9% support proposed end of life choice law changes.   A private member’s bill may come before the New Zealand Parliament in 2012 which would aim to give all New Zealand citizens or permanent...

  • Smartphone market will grow 20% in the next 12 months

    Smartphone market will grow 20% in the next 12 months

    The smartphone market will grow 20% in the next 12 months.   More than 55% adults will have smartphones by mid next year, according to a new Smartphone Market monitoring report from Horizon Research.   This will put the new technology into the hands...

  • New HorizonPoll: 43.5% going mortgage shopping

    New HorizonPoll: 43.5% going mortgage shopping

    A new Horizon Research survey shows 13% of home owners with mortgages are shopping for better deals right now.   The survey reveals the huge pressure being placed on mortgage providers to compete.   It also indicates worsening household finances...

  • Public back compulsory savings policy idea

    Public back compulsory savings policy idea

    New Zealanders are firmly in favour of making contributions to employees’ personal retirement savings accounts compulsory.   The Financial Services Council (FSC) has released results of a HorizonPoll, saying it has not taken a position on whether savings contributions...

  • Savings research results: NZ Super not enough

    Savings research results: NZ Super not enough

    Most people understand that New Zealand Superannuation will not provide them with enough money to live comfortably.   According to results of a HorizonPoll survey conducted for the Financial Services Council, New Zealanders felt the average income needed to live comfortably...

  • Fewer trust business, 50% uncomfortable about buying NZX shares

    Fewer trust business, 50% uncomfortable about buying NZX shares

    70 per cent of New Zealanders are now “less trusting” or “totally distrusting” of the honesty and integrity of businesses in New Zealand after recent finance company failures.   Overwhelmingly New Zealanders are looking for honesty, integrity and high...

  • 63% of New Zealanders say they are not saving enough

    63% of New Zealanders say they are not saving enough

    63% of New Zealanders say they are not currently saving enough to retire on a comfortable income.   There is widespread concern among New Zealanders over how much income they will have in retirement.   Nearly 80% think their savings will run out before...

  • Brands at risk if eggs from cruel sources

    Brands at risk if eggs from cruel sources

    Companies face a risk to their brands if they use eggs from battery caged hens, according to latest survey results released today by animal advocacy group SAFE.   Almost a third of respondents said they would prefer well-known companies such as...

  • Election results close to forecasts

    Election results close to forecasts

    Horizon’s final pre-election poll indicated National’s probable share of definite voters would be 32.6% of the 18+population or 1.06 million votes.   ...

  • MMP: 50% say keep it

    MMP: 50% say keep it

    56% of votes cast in this weekend's referendum will be to keep the Mixed Member Proportional (MMP) system.   Overall, 50% will vote for it, 39.8% against, while 10.1% say they won’t vot...

  • Six-way contest for Maori vote, Labour preferred as coalition leader

    Six-way contest for Maori vote, Labour preferred as coalition leader

    Results of a poll conducted by the specialist Horizon Research Maori Panel finds a six-way contest now occurring for Maori votes.   In contrast with a mainly two-party Labour and Maori Party contest in 2008, there is now a six-way contest occurring for party votes among...

  • NZ First 10% and set to hold balance of power

    NZ First 10% and set to hold balance of power

    An HorizonPoll shows New Zealand First making significant gains in the past week.   New Zealand First now has 10.5% of people 18+ who have decided their party vote, or are undecided but indicate a preference and who are...

  • Six out of 100 will decide party vote in polling booth

    Six out of 100 will decide party vote in polling booth

    A RadioLIVE-HorizonPoll finds four of out 10 people aged 18+ have yet to make a final decision on which party to vote for in the November 26 general election – and 5.8% will leave it until they are actually in the polling booth.   The last weeks of the campaign...

  • Support for lifting retirement age, close call on KiwiSaver policies

    Support for lifting retirement age, close call on KiwiSaver policies

    More New Zealanders support raising the age of eligibility for NZ Super from 65 to 67 years old than oppose.   However, it is a close call when people are asked which of the main parties' KiwiSaver policies they support and whether or not the country should...

  • Leaders' debate final result: Goff wins by 7.4%

    Leaders' debate final result: Goff wins by 7.4%

    Labour leader Phil Goff won the first major televised debate with John Key by 7.4%.   Mr Goff scores 41%, Mr Key 33.6% in a nationwide poll of New Zealanders who were asked who won the debate.   The RadioLIVE-HorizonPoll survey of 534 debate viewers,...

  • Interim: Goff leads debate winner poll

    Interim: Goff leads debate winner poll

    Labour leader Phil Goff is 7.4% ahead of National’s John Key in a new nationwide poll asking New Zealanders who won last night’s televised leaders’ debate.   Mr Goff scores 39.1%, Mr Key 31.7% when people...

  • The Rugby World Cup and Kiwis’ emotions

    The Rugby World Cup and Kiwis’ emotions

    The first post Rugby World Cup research on how the event affected New Zealanders shows an overwhelming 84.8% think it was good for New Zealand.   And 63% said for them and their household it was fun.  51.6% say it caused excitement, 38% that is was good for their...

  • Don’t know voters and minor parties will determine who governs

    Don’t know voters and minor parties will determine who governs

    New Zealand is currently heading for a close election result.   Which main party will have an opportunity to form the next Government may depend on the New Zealand First and the Mana parties, and who 6.9% of undecided voters support.   An...

  • New Zealanders judge Rena wreck management as poor

    New Zealanders judge Rena wreck management as poor

    65% of New Zealanders feel more could have been done earlier to avoid the loss of fuel from the wreck of the container ship Rena and resulting pollution.   New Zealanders are also giving the Government, Prime Minister, the Transport Minister and Tauranga-Bay of Plenty...

  • Business decision makers approve Government's performance

    Business decision makers approve Government's performance

    Business leaders are more likely to postively rate the government than general voters.   A Horizon Research poll, a conducted between September 12-30, shows the National-led government’s overall performance met the expectations of 51.8% of the country’s business...

  • HorizonPoll: Minor parties may decide who governs

    HorizonPoll: Minor parties may decide who governs

    National’s support is up 2.2% and 79% think it is most likely to lead the next government.   However, the latest Horizon Research poll of 2,295 registered and intending voters nationwide shows National does not have enough support to govern alone – and will rely...

  • 78% backing for drug tests at work

    78% backing for drug tests at work

    New Zealanders overwhelmingly believe employers should have the right to drug-test employees.   A Horizon Research poll of 2266 adults aged 18 and over, commissioned by labour hire company Allied Workforce, comes as the Government considers a proposal by the Rebstock Welfare...

  • Facebook New Zealand’s top social media site

    Facebook New Zealand’s top social media site

    Facebook is winning the battle for social media site users in New Zealand.   Facebook is being visited by 76.1% of web users aged 18+.   This indicates more than 2.43 million adult New Zealanders are visiting Facebook in any 30 day period. ...

  • Less than 1% separates potential coalitions

    Less than 1% separates potential coalitions

    The two potential coalitions which could govern New Zealand after November's general election  are less than 1% apart.   The latest HorizonPoll of 1201 people on Friday (July 22) finds the current governing coalition (National, Act, Maori Party, United...

  • Maori post election government preferences

    Maori post election government preferences

    Maori most want the Mana and Maori parties, if they have seats in Parliament after the election, not to enter a National cabinet.   They prefer them to join a Labour cabinet, or support a government on an issue by issue basis, according to a specialist Horizon Research Maori...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • 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.   ...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • New Mana Party splits Maori Party support

    New Mana Party splits Maori Party support

    The new Mana Party could split Maori voting, allowing Labour to edge out the Maori Party in both electorate and party vote contests.   A May 3 to 7 poll of 517 Maori nationwide by Horizon Research finds the Mana Party could win 12.6% of electorate and 15.1% of party votes...

  • Party vote: 3.7% gap between competing coalitions

    Party vote: 3.7% gap between competing coalitions

    National has shed a lift in support it enjoyed following the February 22 Canterbury earthquakes.   A nationwide HorizonPoll survey of  registered voters, who intend to turn out at this year’s general election, and who...

  • More believe economy will decline this year

    More believe economy will decline this year

    A majority of business people think the economy will decline this year, according to a new HorizonPoll.   More than 50% of business proprietors, managers and executives think the economy will decline this year.   By party vote, those who most expect an...

  • Poll reveals scale of Canterbury's post quake employment issues

    Poll reveals scale of Canterbury's post quake employment issues

    Up to half a million workers are prepared to go to Christchurch if there’s a guaranteed job, the money’s right and they are given a place to stay.   That’s the finding of an Allied Work Force-HorizonPoll conducted between March 12 and 15, 2011. ...

  • New Zealanders not confident Government has adequate economic plans

    New Zealanders not confident Government has adequate economic plans

    The Government suffers a series of poor economic management and policy confidence results in a new HorizonPoll nationwide survey.   New Zealanders, by large majorities, are not confident the Government has adequate plans to reduce unemployment, achieve economic growth,...

  • Only 11% of Maori find foreshore and seabed solution acceptable

    Only 11% of Maori find foreshore and seabed solution acceptable

    First results from a new nationwide specialist Maori research service show only 11% of Maori think the current foreshore and seabed policy solution is acceptable.   A nationwide poll of 1021 Maori by the Horizon Research Maori Panel, conducted between Tuesday and Thursday...

  • Who Kiwis most trust and distrust

    Who Kiwis most trust and distrust

    A major Mood of The Nation HorizonPoll for the Sunday Star Times finds Kiwis least trust finance companies - and most trust ambulance officers.     The top most distrusted are finance companies (55.5%), telemarketers (54.2%), used car...

  • People feel worse off, locking wallets in 2011

    People feel worse off, locking wallets in 2011

    New-found austerity is revealed in an HorizonPoll survey commissioned by the Sunday Star-Times.   The HorizonPoll, covering 2055 respondents between January 7 and 13, 2011, finds many are worrying over their personal finances and job prospects: ...

  • Potential vote: detailed results

    Potential vote: detailed results

    HORIZONPOLL: The Political Year Ahead The detailed results for potential party votes are available as an Excel file.   ...

  • Sunday Star Times-HorizonPoll shows election close call

    Sunday Star Times-HorizonPoll shows election close call

    This year's general election could result in a close call, according to a major new Sunday Star Times-HorizonPoll.   The Sunday Star Times reports results...

  • Auditor General inquiry into Wong spending wanted by 67%

    Auditor General inquiry into Wong spending wanted by 67%

    New Zealanders think the main reason National MP Pansy Wong resigned was because there is information on the issue which, if published, would have made it impossible for her to continue in Parliament.   40.7% cite this as the reason they believed she resigned, while 34.3%...

  • New Zealand First may decide who governs

    New Zealand First may decide who governs

    New Zealand First now has enough support to decide which of the main two parties governs after next year’s general election.   The Winston Peters-led party now has 6% support among people who say they will vote, according to the latest nationwide ...

  • More than half say they are worse off after major tax reform

    More than half say they are worse off after major tax reform

    Only 8.4% say they feel better off as a result of October’s major tax reforms.   Some 53.5% say they are worse off after tax cuts and rises in benefits and GST.   Some 35.6% say they are neither better nor worse off, according to a nationwide...

  • Final exit poll indicates Brown will be super city Mayor

    Final exit poll indicates Brown will be super city Mayor

    A final HorizonPoll survey indicates Len Brown will comfortably win the Auckland super city Mayoralty.   Mr Brown has 53.7% support among those who have cast votes. John Banks has 23.8%, Colin Craig 10.4%, others 6.4% and 4.6% will...

  • Banks failing to carry National vote, Auckland and business

    Banks failing to carry National vote, Auckland and business

    The latest HorizonPoll tracking survey finds Len Brown continuing to gain over John Banks in the Auckland super city Mayoralty race.   Among those who have already voted, Brown’s lead over Banks has increased from 27% to a 32%, and he leads Banks by...

  • More detail: HorizonPoll Canterbury quake impact survey

    More detail: HorizonPoll Canterbury quake impact survey

    Here is more deail from the survey of the people of Canterbury on how they're managing the impact of the September 4 and after -shock earthquakes.   HorizonPoll survey of 378 residents of Christchurch City and Waimakariri and Ashburton district...

  • Exit poll puts Brown well ahead of Banks

    Exit poll puts Brown well ahead of Banks

    Auckland Mayoral candidate Len Brown has a strong lead over rival John Banks in the first HorizonPoll survey of those who have so far voted in the first super city elections.   The weighted survey of 570 city voters, conducted on Thursday and Friday (September 23-24), shows...

  • What you're saying about the super city Mayoral candidates!

    What you're saying about the super city Mayoral candidates!

    Here are HorizonPoll voters' comments on leading Auckland super city Mayoral candidates John Banks and Len Brown, after voting 29% to 17% for Brown over Banks.   Some 37% were undecided, according to the August 24- September 16 weighted ...

  • Brown beating Banks in race for Aucklanders' hearts

    Brown beating Banks in race for Aucklanders' hearts

    Aucklanders are more likely to have positive feelings about Mayoral candidate Len Brown than his main rival John Banks, according to the first research probing super city voters’ feelings.   Brown leads Banks by 12% among decided voters in the latest HorizonPoll survey...

  • Brown stretches lead over Banks - but 37% still undecided

    Brown stretches lead over Banks - but 37% still undecided

    Len Brown is now polling 13% ahead of John Banks in the Auckland super city mayoralty contest.   With 980 super city voters (August 23-September 3, 2010) having now completed the survey, Brown has 30% of decided voters, Banks 17...

  • Brown opens 9% lead over Banks among decided voters

    Brown opens 9% lead over Banks among decided voters

    Len Brown is polling 9% ahead of John Banks in the race for the Auckland super city mayoralty.   An HorizonPoll survey of 500 super city voters (August 23-26, 2010) shows Brown has 28% of decided voters, Banks 19%.   Some...

  • Whopping 92% say Kiwis need to save more

    Whopping 92% say Kiwis need to save more

    Kiwis know they need to save more.   In a current HorizonPoll on compulsory savings policy options, a  whopping 92% so far are saying that generally there is a need for New Zealanders to save more .   Only 4% disagre...

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