UMR - Latest Updates

Nov
30
2011
In field 25 Nov 2011 to 29 Nov 2011

UMR conducts an annual survey on perceptions of the Treaty of Waitangi for the Human Rights Commission. The survey explores how much people feel that they know about the Treaty and their reaction to a series of statements about it. Key results from the 2011 study include:

Downloads: PDF icon Treaty-of-Waitangi-UMR-Omnibus-Results-Nov-2011.pdf

Nov
25
2011
In field 25 Nov 2012 to 30 Nov 2012

UMR conducts an annual survey for the Human Rights Commission on perceptions of discrimination and race relations in New Zealand. The first question in the survey asks New Zealanders to identify the groups they see as the most discriminated against (respondents are not prompted with the names of these groups).  The top four on this list in the 2011 study were:

Downloads: PDF icon Discrimination & Harassment report

Oct
5
2011
In field 29 Sep 2011 to 3 Oct 2011

“The media storm over the alleged treatment of a few Australian spectators at Rugby World Cup matches is not backed up at all by a scientific survey of New Zealanders attitudes toward Australians” says Stephen Mills, Executive Director of Australasian Research Agency UMR Research.

On the crunch question of who New Zealanders are going to support in the Australia versus South Africa Rugby World Cup quarter-final 63% went for Australia and 25% for South Africa.

The favourability rating for Australia was by far the highest of the 16 nations tested. 

Downloads: PDF icon Final-OpinionOfAustralians-Oct-11.pdf

Aug
2
2011
In field 29 Jun 2011 to 20 Jul 2011

Less than four in ten New Zealanders are looking forward to the Rugby World Cup, according to a new poll by UMR Research.  While we think it will be good for our economy, a sizable number of us think that it will be disruptive for many New Zealanders.

Downloads: PDF icon Anticipation of the Rugby World Cup_Aug11.pdf

Jul
21
2011
In field 17 Jun 2011 to 19 Jun 2011

Twin aftershocks experienced by Christchurch on June 13 made a big dent in the residents’ confidence in the city’s recovery, a unique before-and-after survey by New Zealand research company UMR has found.

Shortly prior to the aftershocks, 66% of Christchurch residents felt the city’s recovery was on the right track, while a follow up study just four days after the severe shakes, saw this figure dip to 53% of residents.

Downloads: PDF icon MediaRelease_ChristchurchResidentsSurvey_UMRNZ.pdf

May
24
2011
In field 23 May 2011

Opponents of the controversial Wellywood sign to be erected near Wellington’s airport have blown away supporters in a UMR Research poll.

The poll shows that a clear majority of those aware of the debate (64%) are opposed with only 22% in support and 13% who neither approve nor disapprove of the sign and 1% who were unsure.  Reflecting the emotion the issue has attracted, almost half (44%) strongly disapprove of the sign.

May
24
2011

Opponents of the controversial Wellywood sign to be erected near Wellington’s airport have blown away supporters in a UMR Research poll.

The poll shows that a clear majority of those aware of the debate (64%) are opposed with only 22% in support and 13% who neither approve nor disapprove of the sign and 1% who were unsure.  Reflecting the emotion the issue has attracted, almost half (44%) strongly disapprove of the sign.

May
5
2011
In field 28 Apr 2011 to 3 May 2012

New Zealanders would choose to retain MMP if the referendum were held today, according to a UMR Research poll.  The poll uses the same wording as will be used in the referendum scheduled to be held in conjunction with the 2011 election, and showed that:

Downloads: PDF icon MMP Referendum (May-11).pdf

Apr
4
2011
In field 24 Mar 2011 to 27 Mar 2011

The vast majority of Aucklanders want the proposed new harbour crossing to include rail, according to a poll by UMR Research. 

  • Of the n=241 Aucklanders surveyed, 79% favour the inclusion of rail lines.
  • This is significant because both NZTA and the Government are currently treating rail as an option, rather than as an integral part of any new crossing (e.g. rail lines are not factored in to NZTA’s Cost Benefit Analysis comparing bridge and tunnel options).

Opinions are more divided on the choice between a bridge and a tunnel.

Downloads: PDF icon Proposed Harbour Crossing Apr-11.pdf

Mar
16
2011
In field 9 Feb 2011 to 16 Feb 2011

Almost two thirds (64%) of Aucklanders support some form of pedestrianisation for Queen St, according to a poll released today by UMR Research.  Of the n=323 Aucklanders surveyed:

Downloads: PDF icon Proposed Harbour Crossing Apr-11.pdf

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