Summarised by Centrist
A Talbot Mills poll reveals sharp divisions in New Zealand over race and gender policies ahead of the 2023 elections. While there’s consensus on COVID-19 measures and gun laws, Māori and transgender policies are contentious. Bilingual signage narrowly gained approval, but the majority oppose transgender women in women’s sports and bathrooms.
Māori wards and co-governance also faced significant opposition. Political lines divide opinions, with Green and Labour voters generally more supportive of these policies. Conversely, issues like farming emissions regulations, firearms registry, and hate speech laws found broader support across the political spectrum. NZ First supporters generally stood against COVID measures and increased restrictions on farmers. Co-founder Stephen Mills says that how the questions are framed may have fed into the answers people gave.
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