Kiwis oppose animal trials for party pills

Monday, 31 December 2012 Written by

The majority of New Zealanders do not want recreational drugs tested on animals, a Herald-DigiPoll survey reveals.


A total of 44.3 per cent of those polled did not want cosmetic and recreational drugs tested on animals, and another 29.4 per cent said animal testing was not acceptable under any circumstances.

Poll verdict: We're only 80% pure after all

Saturday, 29 December 2012 Written by

Just over one in 10 Kiwis believe New Zealand can claim to be 100 per cent pure. The findings on how New Zealanders see their country have fanned the flames on the debate about how "clean and green" we really are, and whether it's fair to present New Zealand in that way.


Of those questioned in a Herald-DigiPoll survey, 43.1 per cent thought New Zealand could claim to be only 80 per cent pure, and 34.5 per cent believe it is only 60 per cent pure.

Poll: Give Bain compo

Friday, 28 December 2012 Written by

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.)

Generations divided over gay marriage

Thursday, 27 December 2012 Written by

Pensioners are holding out in a dwindling minority opposing gay marriage - as 2013 looks possibly to be the year for it to become reality.


A Herald-DigiPoll survey into same-sex marriages found a stark generational divide: 60 per cent of respondents older than 65 said marriage should remain only between a man and a woman. But 70 per cent of people under 40 said the law should be changed to allow same-sex marriages.

Facebook lists full of strangers

Wednesday, 21 November 2012 Written by

Kiwis are padding out their Facebook friends lists with people they have never met and acquaintances from school they haven't seen since leaving, a study claims.

The survey of 1000 New Zealanders found that 41 per cent had Facebook friends they had never met, while 67 per cent said their list included people they had not seen since leaving school.

Why many of us are avoiding GPs

Monday, 22 October 2012 Written by

Many people are deterred from seeking medical help because of the fees charged by general practitioners, a survey has found.


For a decade, New Zealand Governments have ploughed increasing subsidies into primary health care with the aim of reducing the cost barrier, treating more people in the community and keeping people out of hospital.

2.2m Kiwis join Facebook nation

Monday, 15 October 2012 Written by

Almost half of the country is on Facebook and one in five of those New Zealanders spends more than an hour on the social networking site every day. A social media expert says that number will increase as Facebook becomes a "necessary evil" in our lives. There are 2,262,200 people on Facebook who say they live in New Zealand, according to the website itself - more than 1,211,000 are women.

Public wants school data: poll

Tuesday, 25 September 2012 Written by

Survey suggests most people want national standards data published. The survey showed that people aged 18-39 years old were overwhelmingly supportive of the idea, with 70.4 per cent wanting data released. The majority of people polled think schools should publicly release their national standards performance data.