UMR - Latest Updates

Jan
21
2012
In field 1 Jan 2011 to 31 Dec 2011

Each January UMR releases the Mood of the Nation, an update on key poll results throughout the previous calendar year. The January 2012 edition includes a special 20 year retrospective, looking at how results have changed since the UMR Telephone Omnibus began in 1991.

Highlights of Mood of the Nation 2012 include:

Downloads: PDF icon UMR Mood of the Nation_2012.pdf

Dec
19
2011

2011 has clearly been the biggest year for news since 2003, according to new polling data released today by UMR Research.  The data is based on a question from UMR’s fortnightly telephone omnibus survey, which asks people to rate how closely they have been following stories which have been in the news over the previous fortnight.  The series has been running since 2003, and the data shows that four of the six biggest news stories in the last eight years have happened in the last 15 months. 

Downloads: PDF icon Top News Stories-Dec-11.pdf

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

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