Election excites, reveals survey

Sunday, 10 August 2014

Christmas has taken a back seat to the election as people appear to be looking forward to the gift of government. In the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey, 35 per cent of voters deemed September's general election the most interesting event of the year.

Men get behind baby bonus plan

Friday, 28 March 2014

Voters are evenly split over Labour's promise to pay most parents of newborns $60 a week for a year according to the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey. In the survey taken this month, 47 per cent said they supported the policy for families earning less than $150,000 while 49 per cent did not. Surprisingly, support was higher among males - 51 per cent supported it compared to 43 per cent of women.

National, Greens up, Labour at new low

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

Labour's support has sunk nearly six points and it is polling only 29.5 per cent in the Herald-DigiPoll survey.

The popularity of leader David Cunliffe has fallen by almost the same amount, to 11.1 per cent. That is worse than the 12.4 per cent worst rating of former leader David Shearer.

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Internet mogul beats politicians for pet position

Wednesday, 01 January 2014

New Zealanders would rather have an internet tycoon feed their cat while they're on holiday than an under-fire mayor and two former right-wing politicians, a poll shows. A Herald-DigiPoll survey asking who New Zealanders would trust most to feed their cat over the holidays had internet mogul Kim Dotcom as the most popular choice.

Women MP target misses mark

Thursday, 09 January 2014

Labour's target of selecting candidates to ensure women make up at least half of its caucus by 2017 has been given the thumbs down in the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey - and more than half of the women polled said it was too restrictive.

Labour rockets in poll

Wednesday, 25 September 2013

Labour's support has jumped under new leader David Cunliffe to the extent that he could form a coalition government and become Prime Minister, if today's Herald-DigiPoll survey figures were translated to an election result.


It is the first political poll conducted entirely since he became leader. The poll also shows a marked dive in the popularity of John Key, to the lowest level since he became Prime Minister.


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Voters divided on four-year term

Monday, 25 March 2013

Voters are almost evenly split on whether the parliamentary term should be extended from three to four years in the latest poll - a narrow margin believe it should stay at three years despite general agreement among politicians that a move to four is warranted.


Just over half of those asked in a Herald-DigiPoll survey said they believed the three-year term should stay, while 48 per cent believed it should increase to four years.

Poll: Give Bain compo

Friday, 28 December 2012

Most Kiwis support paying compensation to David Bain, even though Justice Minister Judith Collins says many New Zealanders will be upset at any taxpayer payment for the man once convicted of murdering his family.


Herald-DigiPoll summer survey found 74 per cent of those polled believe Mr Bain should be compensated if the judge who reviewed the case recommended that. (The survey was started on December 7, before Justice Ian Binnie's recommendation of compensation became public.)

Conservative Party lifted by gay issue

Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Only 2.5 points to reach Parliament if threshold reduced to 4 per cent. The Conservative Party has had a bump in the polls following Parliament's passing of the first reading of a bill to legalise gay marriage, the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey shows. The Conservatives would not make it to Parliament on its 1.5 per cent rating (up from 0.5), but if the threshold of the party vote is lowered from its current 5 per cent to 4 per cent under reforms to MMP before the next election, it has to rise only 2.5 percentage points to make it into Parliament with several MPs.

Poll: Labour gains, but Nats would still govern alone

Sunday, 01 July 2012

The poll gap between National and Labour narrowed by more than five percentage points in a month, a Herald-DigiPoll survey has found.

But National is still popular enough to govern without support parties.

And John Key's popularity as preferred prime minister has risen.

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