Family Issue Polls

 2014

polyamoryGROUP MARRIAGE
1. Parliament recently passed a law to allow marriage between couples of the same sex. Some people argue that based on an argument of equality, marriages should also be allowed between more than two people. How likely do you think it will be that Parliament someday could pass a law to allow group marriage between three or four people? Would you say very likely, likely, unlikely or highly unlikely?
2. Do you personally think the law should allow three or more people to marry each other?
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ANTI-SMACKING LAW
1. In 2007 Parliament passed a law that removes a defence of reasonable force for parents who smack a child to correct their behaviour, but states the Police have discretion not to prosecute if they consider the offence was inconsequential. Do you think the anti-smacking law should be changed to state explicitly that parents who give their children a smack that is reasonable and for the purpose of correction are not breaking the law?
2. If a political party promised that amending the law to allow light correctional smacking was a non-negotiable policy at the next general election, would that make you more likely to vote for them, or less likely, or make no difference to your likely vote?
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MID-2013

marijuana kidsDECRIMINALISATION OF MARIJUANA
If an adult wishes to use a drug such as marijuana, they should be able to do so legally
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mother childHOMECARE v CHILDCARE
It is better for children at pre-school age to be cared for at home by a parent or relative, rather than be in a childcare centre
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marriage pamphlet adREDEFINING MARRIAGE
There was no need for Parliament to change the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, as civil unions were sufficient for same sex couples.
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Smiling family in the movie theaterMUM AND DAD MATTER
A mother and a father are both equally important to a child’s development
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income splitting 2INCOME SPLITTING
A married couple should be able to split their income between them, for tax purposes, so that a couple with say one spouse earning $80,000 would pay the same tax as a couple where both spouses work and earn $40,000 each
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EUTHANASIA young and elderly 2EUTHANASIA / PALLIATIVE CARE
If someone really wants to die, doctors should be allowed to help them kill themselves
If the Government spent more on quality palliative care for people with terminal illnesses, almost no one would die in prolonged pain or suffering
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2013

protect marriage logoSAME SEX MARRIAGE
In 2004, Parliament legislated to allow same sex couples to register a civil union, amending over 150 pieces of legislation to give legal rights and recognition to same-sex couples.  Do you think Parliament should change the definition of marriage to allow same-sex couples to marry, or do you think civil unions are sufficient for same sex couples?
Do you think any change to the Marriage Act to allow same-sex marriages should be subject to a binding referendum of voters?
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If the Marriage Act is changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, should all marriage celebrants, including ministers of all religions, be required to perform same-sex weddings even if these go against their personal convictions?

If the Marriage Act is changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, should temples, mosques, churches and other places of faith all be required to allow same-sex ‘marriages’ in their buildings?

If the Marriage Act is changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, should all faith-based schools – whether, Christian, Jewish  or Moslem etc – all be required to teach that same-sex marriage is equal to traditional marriage of a man and a woman.

If the Marriage Act is changed to allow same-sex couples to marry, should individual teachers in state schools who have a personal belief against same-sex marriage be forced to teach their students that same-sex ‘marriage’ is equal to traditional marriage?
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gay adoptionADOPTION PRIORITY
Should families where there is both a mum and a dad have priority for the adoption of babies and children?
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parental leave 26 for babiesPAID PARENTAL LEAVE
A bill before Parliament is asking for paid parental leave to be raised from the current 14 weeks to 26 weeks. It is estimated this would cost the Government an extra $145 million a year to fund. Do you think paid parental leave should stay at 14 weeks or be extended to 26 weeks?
Would you support or oppose a proposal to provide Government paid parental leave of 2 weeks to fathers as well as mothers. It is estimated to cost around $20 million a year.
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alcohol teensDRINKING AGE
Do you think Parliament should have raised the drinking age to 20 or kept it at 18?
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BROTHEL LOCATIONS
Should Councils have the power to prevent brothels being established in central city areas frequented by families and tourists?
POKIE MACHINES
A bill before Parliament proposes to allow councils to cut the number of pokie machines in areas where they are thought to be particularly harmful. Do you support this proposal or not?
G-RATED BILLBOARDS
Would you support or oppose a law to require all large public billboards to be G-rated, or
suitable for children to view?
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2012

POLLING OF TEENS 15-21 y/o

BROADCASTING STANDARDS
Do you agree or disagree with this statement – that there is too much sex, bad language and violence on television
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DRINKING AGE
Do you think the age at which someone can purchase alcohol should remain at 18 or be raised to 20?
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SEX EDUCATION, ABORTION, AND PARENTAL NOTIFICATION
Do you think sex education in schools should teach values, abstinence and consequences such as pregnancy, or just teach safe sex?
Provided it won’t put the girl in physical danger, should parents be told if their school-age daughter is pregnant and considering getting an abortion?
Do you believe an unborn child or foetus has a right to be born?
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2011

CHILD ABUSE COMMISSION OF INQUIRY
Do you think an independent Commission of Inquiry into the wider causes of child abuse and family violence in NZ should be established by the Government?
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ABORTION ADVICE
Would you support a law that would require a woman considering an abortion to first see a doctor, who is not an abortion provider, to be informed of the medical risks and alternatives to abortion?
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INDEPENDENT COMPLAINTS AUTHORITY FOR CYF
Do you think the Government should establish an independent Complaints Authority similar to the Independent Police Complaints Authority to hear complaints about Child Youth and Family (CYFs) from families who feel they have been unfairly treated by Child Youth and Family?
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RESIDENTIAL BROTHELS
Should the prostitution laws be amended to specifically ban brothels in residential areas?
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STREET PROSTITUTION
Should the prostitution laws be amended to specifically ban street prostitution?
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BINDING CIR
Do you think citizens’ initiated referenda should be binding on Parliament?
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DEFINITION OF MARRIAGE
The law currently defines marriage as being only allowable between a man and a woman? Do you support this?
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SAME SEX ADOPTION
Do you think same sex couples should be allowed to adopt children?
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2010

BROADCASTING STANDARDS
Television broadcasters are obliged to protect children from sexual content, violent material, and language that exceeds current norms of good taste and decency. Are you concerned about the type of language used, or the level of violence and sex shown on TV before 8.30 pm when children are likely to be watching?
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PARENTAL NOTIFICATION FOR ABORTIONS?
Should the law require parents to always be informed before-hand if their daughter who is under 16 is pregnant and wants to have an abortion?
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ABSTINENCE
Do you think schools, as part of their sex education programme, should be required to encourage pupils, to abstain from sex until they are old enough to handle the possible consequences of pregnancy?
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CORPORAL PUNISHMENT IN SCHOOLS
Do you think a school should be able to choose to use corporal punishment, if the Board, Parents and Principal wish to have this as an option for school discipline?
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CHILDCARE SUBSIDIES
The Government subsidises 20 hours of care per week for 3 and 4 year old pre-schoolers in child-care centres. Should the Government give a similar subsidy to a parent who chooses not to send their children to a child-care centre but foregoes income by staying at home to look after the children themselves?
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