Election excites, reveals survey

Sunday, 10 August 2014 Written by

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.

Aucklanders say cut staff - not services

Tuesday, 29 July 2014 Written by

Many Aucklanders believe the best way to deal with looming budget cuts by the Auckland Council is to reduce staff and salaries, according to the latest Herald-DigiPoll survey. The council is facing cuts of hundreds of millions of dollars a year in running costs and capital investment in a 10-year budget being prepared by Mayor Len Brown.

Hang in there Rich, Kiwis say, as aches and pains set in

Saturday, 26 July 2014 Written by

He'll be on the wrong end of 34 if he makes next year's Rugby World Cup squad but most New Zealanders say All Blacks captain Richie McCaw should play on, a survey shows. A Herald-DigiPoll survey showed that 61.8 per cent of respondents wanted to see McCaw finish this season and play on as long as he can.

Poll finds majority support for 'fat tax'

Thursday, 24 July 2014 Written by

"Nanny state" interventions such as a "fat tax" on unhealthy products and compulsory nutrition ratings on food labels are popular with New Zealanders, a Herald-DigiPoll survey shows.

Poll shows opinion shift on cannabis

Saturday, 28 June 2014 Written by

A poll shows most people want smoking cannabis to be decriminalised or made legal. The latest Herald-DigiPoll survey shows just under a third of those polled thought smoking cannabis should attract a fine but not a criminal conviction, while a fifth went further and said it should be legalised.

National flies high as new party nibbles into Greens

Tuesday, 17 June 2014 Written by

The Internet-Mana Party would get two seats in Parliament based on the first major poll since the two parties cut a deal to stand together.


But, three months shy of the election, Labour is still struggling and the left bloc is well adrift from National, which could easily govern alone based on the Herald-DigiPoll survey.

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Men get behind baby bonus plan

Friday, 28 March 2014 Written by

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.

Poll shows silver fern is favourite of those who do want a new national emblem.

Wednesday, 19 March 2014 Written by

A majority of New Zealanders do not believe it is time to change the national flag, a Herald-DigiPoll survey has revealed. But if a new flag was chosen in a public referendum, the silver fern was by far the most popular design, the poll showed. Asked if they felt the time had come for New Zealand to design a new flag for itself, 52.6 per cent of those surveyed said "No" and 40.6 per cent said "Yes".