Newshub poll: Kiwis concerned about housing and immigration
The latest Newshub-Reid Research poll shows housing and immigration will be real political pressure points this election.
Results show there is huge concern about the housing market, after we asked whether the Government is doing enough to control it.
A large majority, 72 percent, said no. Just 19 percent said yes.
"Housing is the biggest issue in New Zealand today. It's in crisis. The Government's doing nothing. None of this is a surprise," says Labour leader Andrew Little.
Prime Minister Bill English says the Government has "the same concerns as anyone else about making sure housing costs aren't too great."
He says those who are concerned should complain to their council.
"All those who want more done should encourage their councils to make more land available and speed up the consenting process."
Mr Little has a simple message, "Build some bloody houses."
Immigration has an impact on housing - and the poll shows it is another major concern with voters. We asked if the Government should cut immigration.
A clear majority, 51 percent, say the Government should cut immigration. 31 percent say no.
There is a belief that immigration is suppressing wage growth - but not from the Government.
"We're issuing too many work visas to people doing work here that actually New Zealanders could do. We have to change what we are doing," Mr Little says.
Labour has made a big, bold call - if it becomes Government, it will cut immigration.
"Yes we will reduce the numbers coming in because right now we cannot fit more people, certainly in Auckland - and in other parts of the country."
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The Newshub-Reid Research poll was conducted March 10-19. 1000 people were surveyed, 750 by telephone and 250 by internet panel. It has a margin of error of 3.1%.