A proper poll (by Fairfax/IPSOS) on the GCSB bill has mixed results. Reported on Stuff: Kiwis do care, prime minister - the results aren’t shown clearly in the article but here are the key points:
- 53.6% said they trusted the Government to protect their right to privacy whilst maintaining national security.
- Almost 40% disagreed.
- 75.3% of respondents are on some level worried about plans to allow the Government Communications Security Bureau to monitor New Zealanders.
- Almost 30% of those polled said they were “very concerned” about a law change that would allow the GCSB to intercept New Zealanders’ communications, not just foreign ones
- Just under 25% were not at all concerned.
This contrasts significantly with the Campbell Live promoted self selecting poll – see Campbell’s GCSB poll – too important.
These results don’t surprise me despite a major attempt to shock people into opposing the bill.
I mostly trust the Government on this but have some worries.
It’s worth emphasising that I would also have worries if the bill was thrown out, and I would have worries no matter how the bill might be changed. In the right climate politicians can use any law creatively, but incompetence is our biggest danger.