57% say cancel asset sales in event of referendum 'No'
Poll: 57% say completely cancel asset sales in event of referendum “No” result
A Horizon Research poll which correctly called the result of the asset sales referendum also found that 57% of New Zealanders wanted all future sales cancelled if the referendum result opposed sales.
The official preliminary referendum result is 67.2% against and 32.5% for selling up to 49% of Meridian Energy, Mighty River Power, Genesis Power, Solid Energy and Air New Zealand sales.
The HorizonPoll of 2,841 people in October, representing the New Zealand adult population, found 69.3% at that time would vote no to and 30.7% yes. (The survey’s maximum margin of error is +/- 1.8%).
The survey also asked what respondents thought the Government should do if there was less than majority support for partial asset sales.
· 14.8% said to carry on with the sales
· 24.8% said to continue with any sales underway but not sell any more, and
· 57% said to cancel any sales underway and not sell any more of these assets.
suggested something else should be done).
Those who voted National at the 2011 general election are slightly more for completing any sales under way but cancelling future sales (34.2%) than other options (carry on 33.1%, completely cancel 30.2%).
Earlier results for the HorizonPoll survey are here.
Electoral Commission preliminary referendum results are here.