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Class Sizes poll

3 News reports:

The Post-Primary Teachers’ Association surveyed 750 people and 83 percent said there should be a maximum of 25 students per class at secondary school, while nearly half said there should be no more than 20.

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Religion in schools

UMR found:

  • 27% agree New Zealand schools should include classes on Christianity taught from a Christian perspective, with 47% disagreeing
  • 74% agree New Zealand schools should teach about the differences between religions but not about which religion is right with 12% disagreeing
  • 68% agree Evolution should be taught as the view of how life developed which is generally accepted by scientists with 14% disagreeing
  • 38% agree Evolution, creationism and intelligent design should be taught as equally valid explanations for how life developed with 38% disagreeing

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Cannabis poll

UMR polled 1,000 NZers on cannabis and synthetic cannabis:

  • SHOULD BE LEGAL: 14% for marijuana, 12% for synthetic cannabis
  • DECRIMINALISE: 46% for marijuana, 38% for synthetic cannabis
  • SHOULD BE ILLEGAL: 35% of marijuana, 47% for synthetic cannabis

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Auckland Mayoral poll

Radio Live report:

The latest UMR research poll indicates a strong majority for Len Brown in the upcoming Mayoral election – the current Mayor sitting on a cool 47 percent of the total vote, 66 percent of the decided vote.

New challenger John Palino is in second place, with 14 percent of the total vote and 20 percent of the decided vote. MANA Party secretary John Minto is third, with five and seven percent respectively.


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List MPs

UMR polled in January 2013:

The poll included a question asking New Zealanders how strongly they agreed or disagreed with the notion that ‘List MPs are not as accountable to voters as electorate MPs’.

  • 61% of New Zealanders agreed with this statement, compared with 15% who disagreed.  24% were neutral or undecided.
  • Of those who claimed to know a lot or a fair amount about how the system worked, 72% agreed that list MPs were not as accountable.
  • Even a majority (60%) of those who were generally supportive of MMP thought that list MPs were not as accountable.


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Nuclear powered ships

UMR polled in January 2013:

  • 38% now believe nuclear powered ships are safe, while 48% feel that they are not and 14% are unsure.
  • The gender difference is even larger than it was 20 years ago.  59% of men now believe that nuclear powered vessels are safe, compared with only 18% of women.


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UMR polled on Cats in February 2013:

  • 62% believe that all cats should be neutered or spayed.
  • 57% think that cats should be banned from areas near wildlife reserves, forests and national parks
  • 53% believe that all cats should be registered and microchipped
  • 42% consider that all cats should wear bells
  • Just 12% believe that cat owners should not replace their cats when they die
  • Only 7% think that cats should be kept indoors at all times of the day.


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The Hobbit

UMR polled in February 2013 on The Hobbit subsidies:

42% believe that the subsidy has been good value for money, while 38% feel it has not been good value for money.

70% of New Zealanders thought that companies should have to pay back subsidies, while 19% did not and 11% were unsure.


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Christchurch Schools

UMR have done a poll Christchurch schools:

  • 15% of New Zealanders said that the closures were inevitable and that the Government handled the situation well.
  • 63% felt that the closures were inevitable but that the Government could have handled the situation better
  • 22% believe that the schools should not be closed or merged at all.


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Scott Guy verdict poll

Stuff reports:

The survey of 750 New Zealanders aged 18 years and over, conducted in the days immediately after the verdict, shows almost half of the respondents believed Macdonald was guilty.

When asked “From what you have seen, heard or feel about the case, do you think it is more likely Ewen Macdonald is guilty or not guilty?” 48 per cent said guilty.

A further 20 per cent said not guilty, 28 per cent said they were unsure, and 4 per cent of people refused to answer. …

The survey also showed support for major changes to the criminal justice system similar to those advocated for by Sensible Sentencing Trust spokesman Garth McVicar this week.

This included getting rid of a defendant’s right to silence, which would mean they would be forced to give evidence at the trial. Of those surveyed, 61 per cent thought this was a good idea. …

Three-quarters of people thought juries should be able to return a verdict of “not-proven” alongside “not guilty” and “guilty,” as used in the Scottish legal system. A “not-proven” verdict is essentially an acquittal, but gives juries an option where they feel that the charges have not been proved but they equally cannot say the accused is “not guilty”.


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