Archive for October 1, 2013

New Plymouth mayoralty poll

Stuff reports:

New Plymouth looks to have a true mayoral race on its hands, with challenger Andrew Judd edging ahead of incumbent Harry Duynhoven in a poll taken this week.

In the random telephone survey of 477 New Plymouth voters, 20 per cent supported Mr Duynhoven, while his main challenger, businessman and current councillor Andrew Judd, secured 23 per cent.

The poll indicated Hamilton-born businessman Craig Percy and local man Chris Wilkes, who is standing on an environmental platform, were outsiders in the race, with two per cent and one per cent of support respectively.

But it’s early days and 53 per cent of those who took part in the Taranaki Daily News poll were either undecided or ambivalent about the election.

The poll had a 70 per cent response rate and a margin of error of 4.47 per cent.

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Christchurch Mayoralty poll

The Press reports:

Mayoral candidate Lianne Dalziel is dominating the latest Press poll, but rival Paul Lonsdale is vowing to fight on.

The Press/Research First poll found 78 per cent of those polled supported Dalziel to Lonsdale’s 19 per cent.

Another  1 per cent did not know who their preferred candidate was, while Tubby Hansen and Brad Maxwell both received  1 per cent support, and another  1 per cent did not know who their preferred candidate was. …

The polling company questioned 763 Christchurch people from September 17 to 25.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.5 per cent. However, for the question about which candidate they preferred 541 were canvassed with a margin for error of 3.5 per cent, as it excluded those who would definitely not be able to choose.

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Hamilton fluoride poll

The Waikato Times reports:

Hamilton voters have been asked and for a third time they have answered emphatically: put fluoride in our drinking water.

Just two weeks before local body election ballots close, a new Waikato Times poll, out today, has found voters overwhelmingly support fluoridation.

The survey, conducted over a three-day period this week, shows 59 per cent support the reintroduction of the chemical – the same percentage as a Versus Research poll in June.

Some 26 per cent supported keeping city water supplies fluoride-free, a two-percentage-point increase.

Two per cent of those questioned refused to answer this week’s poll, while 13 per cent were unsure where they stood on the debate. There were 400 people polled with a margin of error of +/- 4.9 per cent.

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