91.6% supported Level 4 lockdown

One of the more interesting results from the Newshub/Reid Research poll:

The Government put the country into level 4 lockdown for four weeks. Do you think this was the right call?

  • Yes 91.6%
  • No 6%
  • Don’t know 2.5%

The poll was conducted between 8-16 May with half of the responses taken after the Budget.
The poll has a maximum sample error of +/- 3.1 percent.  

The polling was done after the level 4 lockdown had finished. This suggests near universal support for playing safe health-wise.

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15 Comments

  1. artcroft

     /  18th May 2020

    Have to say, I think we could have managed the illness without going to these extremes. Particularly as there’s no guarantee we won’t eventually have to let the virus back in across the border as the US Asia and Europe see the disease run its course in their populations and the world gets back to trading. The US seems by default to be heading for herd immunity.

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    • Gezza

       /  18th May 2020

      Had they not done so, & given the relentless crisis headlines from overseas, the clamour from the tv, online, print & tv media, & opposition parties, and anti-coalition shock jox & whingers like Hosking to do it would have been overwhelming & politically damaging for the government.

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      • artcroft

         /  18th May 2020

        True but still. It was a virus that was ravaging rest homes in Tuscany. Places where the most vulnerable lived in tightly packed communities. In other words ground zero. And for this we closed places like Timaru which are nothing like Tuscany.

        I think we could have closed the rest homes lock stock and barrel, and trusted that like a bad flu season, this could be managed by a first world health system.

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        • Gezza

           /  18th May 2020

          Wisdom of hindsight stuff. And facts still lost among the statistical noise and arguments over when & whether death are being properly counted & / or attributed to Sars Cov2.

          As long as that’s the situation (and it IS) anti-coalition elements would be attacking the govt & it would suffer in the polls; especially as its track record & most prominent front bench Ministers are under-performing in all Labour’s key policy areas.

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          • Duker

             /  19th May 2020

            Under- performing ?
            The rationing of health care in the 90s never hurt Shipley and English the responsible ministers…remember them ..how did their careers turn out ?
            “exclusion criteria be implemented for dialysis that would prevent people from receiving the life-saving treatment if they were:
            * Mentally ill
            * Intellectually handicapped
            * Having displayed anti-social behaviour
            * Suffering from other complicating illnesses
            * Aged 75 years-of-age or over – the list continued.”

            You would think the 1930s hadnt told them something about human lives

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            • Where did those criteria come come from ?

            • Duker

               /  19th May 2020

              National Partys Treatment criteria in the mid 90s
              ‘I had been leaked documents from an individual at South Auckland Health showing that the then health minister, Jenny Shipley, was intending to implement exclusion criteria into health policy – and one area that would impact on our region hugely was exclusion criteria for renal dialysis treatment.

              Shipley had set up a body called the Core Health Services Committee, chaired by Sharon Crosby, and the committee was charged with examining how New Zealand could move to a more affordable approach to costly procedures. ”
              “Later, Shipley stood staunch arguing that a south Auckland man who became the human face of her policy called James McQuin ought not receive dialysis treatment. Shipley went on the Holmes Show arguing why the man ought to be left to die from his condition.”

  2. Alan Wilkinson

     /  18th May 2020

    Take the poll in six months. Which is why Labour want an early election.

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    • Gezza

       /  18th May 2020

      Who in Labour has said they want an early election?

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      • Duker

         /  18th May 2020

        He calls a normal date election that isn’t moved back – an early election. Apparently getting everything back to normal toute suite is the goal but not the election that must be delayed.

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      • NOEL

         /  19th May 2020

        An indication that most weren’t fazed that they were in lockdown illega!!y?

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        • Gezza

           /  19th May 2020

          Yes. Well, according to Duker (I think) we weren’t illegally in lockdown anyway?

          A court has yet to rule on that definitively.

          But the majority of the population & business owners have obviously assumed that, because it was coming from the government, & the top cop was even on tv, crowing like a rooster about how ruthlessly the Fuzz would be dealing with defaulters, it MUST all surely be completely lawful.

          Not an unreasonable assumption to make, with the country’s PM fronting her daily Going Early Going Hard Be Nice Or Else show.

          On the plus side it gave Mike Bush his one chance to play tuff cop before he rode off into the sunset.

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          • Duker

             /  19th May 2020

            A prisoners rights lawyer ( Edgeler) made much of obscure technicalities – like he does for worst of the worst prisoners he advocates for ( Chisnall, Broughton, Mitchell in Court Judgments)
            The substance of the lockdown was legal, the police were allowed under the Health Act and the State of Emergency to enforce the lockdown.
            Case over

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      • Alan Wilkinson

         /  19th May 2020

        Jacinda nominated September and declined to delay it after the virus hit.

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