NZers aren’t as stupid as National hope
Taxpayers don't want cuts if services suffer - survey
The majority of people don't want bigger tax cuts if it means cuts to public service spending or more government borrowing, a new poll has found. The Public Service Association commissioned UMR Research survey of 750 voters found 60 per cent did not want tax cuts bigger than those in the May budget if that meant reduced public service spending or increased Government borrowing. Thirty-three per cent supported tax cuts anyway including 13 per cent who strongly supported them.
Women were more opposed to cuts under the scenario than men - 63 per cent and 57 per cent respectively, and people on lower incomes were more opposed than wealthier people. Another scenario put to voters was whether they would prefer to keep taxes as they are and keep user charges for services low or cut taxes and have higher charges. Nearly three in four respondents or 71 percent said they preferred to leave taxes as they were while 23 per cent would still prefer cuts.
This isn’t good news for National who have sold their entire strategy on greed, but as NZers start really looking at Party policy, note how the last three polls in a row over the weekend showed Labour slowly going up with National support slowly going down and as we get closer to the election NZers will start to focus more and more on the detail and will want to know exactly what it is National will do. 3 years ago National had a secret right wing privatization policy that they intended to implement once they were elected without telling the electorate, has 3 years really changed National that much?