Asset sales remain unpopular for NZers

Sunday 24 Jun 2012 10:06 a.m.

Most New Zealanders remain opposed to the partial privatisation of four state-owned energy companies

Most New Zealanders remain opposed to the partial privatisation of four state-owned energy companies

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Most New Zealanders remain opposed to the partial privatisation of four state-owned energy companies, but most would also like to buy shares if they came up for sale.

The final vote on the Mixed Ownership Model Bill - allowing for the sale of 49 per cent of Mighty River Power, Genesis Energy, Meridian Energy and Solid Energy - takes place in parliament on Tuesday.

Results published today from a Key Research poll show that 64 per cent of the 700 people surveyed were against the partial sale of state-owned assets, while only 25 per cent were in favour.

At the same time, 60 per cent would buy shares in the same assets, compared with 30 per cent who wouldn't, according to the poll commissioned by the Herald on Sunday.

The results also showed National holding its support at 47.9 per cent, while both Labour and the Greens have risen three percentage points since the 2011 election to be at 30.4 per cent and 14.8 per cent respectively.

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