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Marae Digi-Poll results Oct-Nov 2009


MARAE-DIGIPOLL QUESTIONS OCT-NOV 2009

1002 respondents interviewed between 18 October - 3 November 2009. Margin of error: +/- 3.1 %

Q1. Party Vote

If an election was held today, which party would you vote for:    
Maori Party   48.1%
Labour   26.1%
National   19.8%
Greens    3.0%
NZ First   1.9%
Act     0.4%
Other (Please state)  0.6%   

Q2. Electorate Vote

If an election was held today, and you were voting for your electorate MP, what party would your preferred candidate most likely come from? 

NOTE: 700 Respondents registered on the Maori Electoral Roll were asked this question. The margin of error is +/- 3.7 %
Because sample sizes are small the results are indicative only.

Maori Party  56.6%
Labour  32.8%
National  6.6%
Greens   1.8% 
NZ First  1.1%
Act    0.5%
Other (Please state) 0.5%   

Q3. Preferred Prime Minister
Who is your preferred Prime Minister?
 
   
John Key  30.3% 
Helen Clark  10.9%
Pita Sharples  8.7%
Tariana Turia  6.1%
Phil Goff  4.4%
Winston Peters 3.5%
Hone Harawira 1.1%
Shane Jones  1.0%
Rodney Hide   0.4%
Metiria Turei  0.2%
Other  (Please state) 1.6%   
Don't Know   27.7%

Q4. Prime Minister's Performance
Are you satisfied with the performance of Prime Minister John Key?
      
Yes  54.8%  
No  35.7%
Don't Know  9.5%

Q5. Most Favoured Maori MP
Currently, there are 16 MPs in Parliament with Maori ancestry. Of those MPs, which one do you favour most?"  
   
Pita Sharples   31.9%
Tariana Turia   16.7%
Hone Harawira  8.2%
Te Ururoa Flavell  3.3%
Parekura Horomia  3.2%
Nanaia Mahuta   1.3%
Tau Henare   1.0%
Metiria Turei   0.9%
Georgina te Heuheu  0.6%
Other    1.6%
Don't Know   24.3%

Q6. Most Effective Maori MP
In your opinion, which Maori MP is the most effective in representing your views?
   

Pita Sharples   31.9%
Tariana Turia   16.7%
Hone Harawira  8.2%
Te Ururoa Flavell  3.3%
Parekura Horomia  3.2%
Nanaia Mahuta   1.3%
Tau Henare   1.0%
Metiria Turei   0.9%
Georgina te Heuheu  0.6%
Other    1.6%
Don't Know    31.4%

Q7. Government Performance
Are you satisfied with the government's performance?
      
Yes    45.1% 
No    45.1%
Don't Know   9.8%

Q8. Do you think the government is heading in the right direction?      
Yes    39.9%
No     44.3%
Don't Know   15.9%

Q9. Question for respondents who support the Maori Party only
(RE: Q1)

A year ago the Maori Party accepted an invitation from then Prime Minister-elect John Key to help form a government with National.

Looking back, do you think the Maori Party made the right decision?

Yes    68.1%
No    23.2%
Don't Know   8.6%

Q10. Question for respondents who support the Maori Party only
(RE: Q1)

Do you support the Maori Party's decision to form a government with National?

Yes    68.3%
No    24.1%
Don't Know   7.6%

Q11. Question for respondents who support the National Party only (RE: Q1)

A year ago then Prime Minister-elect John Key invited the Maori Party to help form a government led by National. The Maori Party accepted.

Looking back, do you think John Key and the National Party made the right decision?

Yes    92.8%
No    3.9%
Don't Know   3.3%

Q12. Question for respondents who support the National Party only (RE: Q1)

Do you support National's decision to form a government with the Maori Party?

Yes    96.1%
No    2.6%
Don't know   1.3%

Q13. The Cabinet is where all key decisions are made by Government. It is headed by the Prime Minister, and includes Ministers chosen from MPs.

After last year's election, it was agreed by National and the Maori Party that Maori Party co-leader Pita Sharples would be Minister of Maori Affairs but would not sit in Cabinet.  

Instead, National MP Georgina te Heuheu would be appointed Associate Minister of Maori Affairs and would sit in Cabinet.

Do you agree with this arrangement?

Yes    32.7%
No    56.0%
Don't know   11.3%

Q14. REFER Q13

Do you think this Ministerial arrangement for the Maori Affairs portfolio meets the interests of Maori voters effectively?

Yes    28.7%
No    53.4%
Don't know   17.9%

Q15. What are the most important issues for you right now?

Top 10 Issues

Jobs / Unemployment 22.5% 
Health   12.6%
Education   10.5%
Family / Whanau  8.9%
Cost of Living  8.7%
Economy   5.6%
Housing   4.1%
Child Care  3.9%
Law and Order  3.7%
Environmental Issues 1.8%
Treaty Claims  1.2%
Other   12.1%
Don't Know  4.6%


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