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Modified MMP would be broadly supported

Modified MMP would be broadly supported

New Zealanders support MMP but want to change the aspects of it they don’t like, says Campaign for MMP, on the back of a new poll released this morning.

A key aspect of next year’s referendum is the government’s commitment to an independent review of MMP if it is supported by a majority of voters.

“Many people when asked identify some aspects of MMP that they would seek to change. Most commonly this relates to MPs who lose electorate seats but get into parliament on a party list,” Campaign for MMP spokesperson Sandra Grey said.

"It is important to understand what New Zealanders like about MMP and what they want improved, and the ShapeNZ poll is another step towards this."

“Campaign for MMP recognises that many people who support MMP want to change it in some way, and we have strongly supported the government’s initiative to commit to an independent review of MMP.”

“The ShapeNZ survey shows people regard the performance of MMP as better to the old First Past the Post. We think most people don’t want to dump MMP, they want to make it better.”

“The critical message that needs to get out in the lead up to next year’s referendum is that a vote for MMP in 2011 is a vote for setting up a process to improve it,” Sandra Grey said.

Note: the poll is here: http://nzbcsd.org.nz/story.asp?StoryID=1206

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