Poll says $8.9m smacking referendum ‘a waste of money’

NZ Herald Jun 28, 2009

Three out of four New Zealanders believe the upcoming “anti-smacking” referendum is a waste of money, a survey has found. The Research New Zealand poll of 481 people found 77 per cent didn’t support spending money on the non-binding referendum which will cost $8.9m. Eighteen per cent felt it was a good use of taxpayer dollars, while five per cent were unsure.

Of all the demographic differences in the poll, the only significant difference was between the sexes. Eighty per cent of female respondents believed the referendum was a waste of money, compared with 70 per cent of male respondents.