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An interesting poll from TVNZ. Note some of the VERY left-wing questions!?



20 September


July 19 – Yesterday, I received this poll, sent by TVNZ to my email.

What I found very interesting were some of the question relating to issues that have not been discussed – literally – for decades. The question regarding free tertiary education is again an election issue. This is something we can attribute directly to the rise and rise of the Mana-Internet Alliance.

The questions (and answers I gave) are presented here as screen-shots. (Only the final two pages are not included, as they contained some personal responses and details. My preference for which Party I will be endorsing with my Party Vote for will be the subject of an up-coming blogpost.)


TVNZ on-line survey p1



TVNZ on-line survey p2


It is a shame that the “anti-smacking” question (above) was put without real reference to what the law actually states. If people actually knew the actual nature of the  repeal of section 59 of the Crimes Act, they might be more inclined to vote as I did. It is a fallacy that the repeal of Section 59 banned all smacking and is a deliberate distortion promulgated by neo-conservatives and religious right elements in our society.


TVNZ on-line survey p3


I responded somewhat “lukewarm” to the question about compulsory Kiwisaver (above). The problem of compensating low-income earners and beneficiaries should be taken into account along with implementing compulsion. Forcing the poor, who might be currently living in garages and unable to afford even the basics, to save for Kiwisaver would be an untenable proposition and a farce.


TVNZ on-line survey p4


I voted “strongly disagree” to the proposition that high income earners should not receive superannuation. We have been through this issue before and it was blindingly obvious that high income earners simply hid their money by clever accounting tricks – thereby avoiding cuts to their super.

Targetted superannuation invites the growth of a labyrinth of rules, exemptions, asset-income testing, and an associated invasive  bureaucracy. Better to have Universal Superannuation,  alongside a comprehensive progressive tax rate  that claws back super-payments by slightly higher marginal tax rates.

And the final tranche of questions;


TVNZ on-line survey p5


It is interesting to note that questions regarding tax cuts were omitted. I would have liked to have seen what New Zealander’s attitudes toward cutting taxes would have been. Especially if the question was framed as a choice between more tax cuts and less social services.

Now that would really have been a barometer of our nationwide psyche!

Now we just have to await the outcome of this poll…





Wikipedia: Crimes (Substituted Section 59) Amendment Act 2007




Skipping voting is not rebellion its surrender

Above image acknowledgment: Francis Owen/Lurch Left Memes

This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 20 July 2014.



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  1. 24 July 2014 at 10:15 am

    It would have been nice to see the question of more direct democracy brought into the conversation.

  2. 24 July 2014 at 7:17 pm

    What sort of direct democracy are you suggesting, PC? Binding referenda? If so, I have a real problem with binding referenda being mis-used by the “majority” attacking the rights of minorities, such as in California in 2008, when the “majority” voted to oppose marriage equality for gays and lesbians. It wasn’t very democratic for gays and lesbians.

  3. Who Gnu
    25 July 2014 at 2:19 pm

    Interesting questions, loved the answers!!

  4. Deb Kean
    25 July 2014 at 4:25 pm

    How did you get to be part of that poll? Lucky thing! BTW I am very sad that you are pro-abortion.

    • 26 July 2014 at 12:17 am

      Hi Debs…

      Not sure how I came to be polled…

      As for the abortion issue, I prefer to be known as “pro-choice”. Ie; it’s your choice to make, and not mine. That’s how I see such a personal issue, anyway…

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