Answer depends on question

The latest One News Colmar Brunton poll shows a drop in the number of people opposed to the partial sale of state assets although the majority still oppose the idea:

The latest ONE News Colmar Brunton poll shows the policy continues to fly in the face of public opinion, with only 30% of people saying they support the mixed-ownership model.

Double that number say they do not support it (61%), and the rest (9%) do not know.

But it appears voter support for asset sales has picked up slightly since ONE News last asked the question in a November poll.

Back then, just 26% of people supported the plan, while almost 70% opposed it.

What answer is given depends on the question asked.

If, for example people, were asked: do you want the government to borrow more from foreigners? or do you want the government to stop investing in new infrastructure? or would Air New Zealand be better if it was wholly owned by the government? it’s likely that many of those who think they’re opposed to partial sales might answer no to all those questions.

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