Nick Smith - Nelson MP, Minister National Government

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Results of 2013 Residents’ Survey

19/12/2013

Survey results confirm strong support for roading progress.

Nelson MP Nick Smith today released the results of his 2013 household survey which contained questions on Nelson’s arterial roading, plain packaging of smokes, the Lee Valley Dam and whether the taxpayer should support a further America’s Cup.

"Dr Smith has undertaken the Nelson survey every year since 1996. This year’s response of 1258 is above the historic average of about 1000 but less than the 2263 last year. The high response rate in 2012 reflected the highly contentious questions of gay marriage and voluntary euthanasia."

"81% of respondents indicated support for progress on the Southern Link Rd as compared to 17% opposed. This is a very strong endorsement of public support for this infrastructure project and will help my endeavours to persuade NZTA and council that we need to make progress."

"The Government’s bill requiring plain packaging of cigarettes was supported by 72% of respondents as opposed to 16% opposed. This issue reflects a tension between freedom of expression and public health and shows that when it comes to tobacco, the public overwhelmingly back health. I will be passing these results onto the select committee considering the bill."

"The survey also found 72% of respondents supported taxpayer funding for the proposed Lee Valley dam compared to 17% opposed, and a far closer margin of 34% in support and 30% opposed to ratepayer support. This is all conditional on landowners and growers contributing significantly to the cost. I will be endeavouring to secure Government support to help bring this project to fruition."

"The closest result from the survey was on whether the Government should provide funding support for Team NZ to mount another challenge for the America’s Cup with 49% in support and 46% opposed."

"The extra comments made suggested people could be persuaded either way depending on the level of benefit for New Zealand and the level of private sponsorship. I take from this Nelson is quite split and that Government needs to ensure that the bulk of the money for any further challenge must come from sources beyond Government."

"These surveys are not a perfect measure of public support as few issues come down to simple yes-no choices. However, they are a useful guide to Nelsonian’s views on topical issues and help me effectively represent Nelson in Parliament."

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