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Jan
31
2014
In field 1 Jan 2013 to 31 Dec 2013

The annual Mood of the Nation report is a summary of a number of polls undertaken by UMR throughout 2013. Some of the polls have been tracked annually for 20 years or more.

It includes:

Downloads: PDF icon mood_of_the_nation_2013_release_2014_final.pdf

Dec
12
2013

NEW ZEALANDERS WANT THE MMP ONE-SEAT EXEMPTION DROPPED

A poll released today by UMR Research shows a clear majority against keeping the one-seat exemption.

• Under New Zealand’s MMP system, parties that win an electorate seat are entitled to additional list seats even if they do not get 5% of the vote.
• 71% of New Zealanders think that the exemption should be dropped.
• 13% want it kept, while the remaining 16% are unsure.

Opposition to the one-seat exemption is consistent across all demographics:

Downloads: PDF icon mmp_and_the_one-seat_exemption_dec13.pdf

Nov
4
2013
In field 1 Jan 2013 to 31 Mar 2013

Please find a link to UMR Research Director Stephen Mill's contribution to the publication "Social Media and Elections in Asia - Pacific" below:

http://www.kas.de/medien-asien/en/publications/35939

Please also find some associated research in the PDF below:

Downloads: PDF icon Social media and politics presentation

Oct
18
2013
In field 24 Sep 2013 to 10 Oct 2013

A poll released today by UMR Research shows that, while New Zealanders are comfortable with government funding of the 2013 challenge, they’re less supportive of government funding for any future America’s Cup challenge.

  • 56% approve of the government funding the 2013 challenge, with 37% disapproving and 7% unsure
  • 41% say that they would approve of the government putting up the same amount of money again to fund a future challenge, with 48% disapproving and 10% unsure.

The poll also shows that:

Downloads: PDF icon final_government_funding_for_the_americas_cup_oct13.pdf

Aug
15
2013

UMR Australia Managing Director John Utting talks to the ABC about the role of social media in elections.

http://www.abc.net.au/lateline/content/2013/s3825902.htm

Apr
19
2013
In field 28 Mar 2013 to 8 Apr 2013

A clear majority of New Zealanders say that ANZAC Day means more to them than Waitangi Day, according to a poll released today by UMR Research.

• The poll asked New Zealanders which meant more to them personally – ANZAC Day or Waitangi Day.

• 60% of New Zealanders said that ANZAC Day meant more to them than Waitangi Day, while only 8% said that Waitangi Day was the more important. 29% think that both are equally meaningful to them.

Downloads: PDF icon anzac_day_mediarelease_apr-13.pdf

Mar
18
2013
In field 1 Jan 2012 to 31 Dec 2012

At the start of every year UMR releases our Mood of the Nation report, a summary of the main polling results from the year before.  It includes:

Downloads: PDF icon umr_mood_of_the_nation_2013_online.pdf

Mar
14
2013
In field 22 Feb 2013 to 5 Mar 2013

New Zealanders were fairly evenly divided on whether it was worthwhile subsidising the Hobbit.  In UMR’s latest online omnibus, only a narrow plurality 42% to 38% thought we had got value for money from the subsidy.

Males, older New Zealanders and those on higher incomes were more likely to see value for money in taxpayer backing for the film.

New Zealanders were also right behind Winston Peters call for Hollywood companies to pay the subsidy back if the films were successful.  70% were in favour of that and only 19% opposed.

Downloads: PDF icon the_hobbit_mar-13.pdf

Dec
17
2012
In field 6 Dec 2012 to 10 Dec 2012

70% of New Zealanders believe that list MPs who are expelled from their parties should have to resign from parliament, according to a UMR Research poll released today.  16% think that they should not have to leave parliament, while 14% are undecided.

Downloads: PDF icon departing_mps_dec-12.pdf

Nov
27
2012
In field 22 Nov 2012 to 26 Nov 2012

Only 1% of New Zealanders expect the Hobbit film to be a box office flop, according to a UMR Research poll released today.

UMR’s fortnightly Omnibus Survey shows 84% of New Zealanders expecting that it will be successful at the box office, including 64% who believe it will be a major success. 15% are unsure whether it will be a success or failure. On the other hand, only 18% say they have been closely following the build-up to the film up until now.

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