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First Public Views on MMP Referendum

First Public Views on MMP Referendum


The first public poll to measure public views on the referendum questions to be asked at next year’s general election shows a tight battle between MMP and switching to another electoral system.

The findings are from UMR Research’s latest survey of a nationally representative sample of 750 New Zealanders aged 18 years and over , and used the exact wording which will be used in the 2011 referendum.

49% of the public want to retain MMP, while 42% favour switching to another electoral system.

First-past-the-post (FPP) was the most popular of four alternative voting systems to MMP with 37% choosing it compared to Single Transferable Vote (18%), Preferential Voting (12%) and the Supplementary Member System (4%).

Some strikingly different views were expressed with more women than men and more younger people than older people wanting to retain MMP. Most women (55%) want to retain MMP as do those under 30 (58%). However, only 43% of men and 39% of those over 60 wanted to retain MMP.

A follow up question shows that there is majority support for either changing MMP or ditching it entirely. Only 23% wanted to keep MMP as it is now compared to 40% who wanted to keep MMP with changes and 32% who would prefer another voting system.

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