Poll – majority want New Zealander as next head of state

A Curia poll commissioned by New Zealand Republic indicates that 55% prefer a New Zealander as Head of State, elected by either two-thirds of Parliament or popular vote:

“What is your preference for New Zealand’s next Head of State out of the following three options?”

  • The next British Monarch becomes King of New Zealand – 39%

  • New Zealand has a New Zealander as Head of State elected by a two-thirds majority in Parliament – 17%

  • New Zealand has a New Zealander as Head of State who is elected by the popular vote – 38%

It’s not surprising to see strong Māori for a New Zealand head of state, and also that younger people prefer a New Zealander.  It is likely that over time support for a New Zealand head of state will increase, especially the reign of the current Queen of England (and New Zealand) is over.

The poll was conducted between 8 and 24 April from 15,000 random nationwide voting-age New Zealanders, with 1,000 surveyed weighted by age and gender. The margin of error was +/- 3.1%

http://www.republic.org.nz/latestblog/2019/5/15/media-release-opinion-poll-new-zealanders-want-a-new-zealand-head-of-state