Poll reveals Christchurch's thoughts

  • 22/02/2013

A special 3 News Reid Research poll of Christchurch residents' views on the earthquake response has found widespread dissatisfaction with insurance companies.

The poll also shows public opinion is divided on Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee's efforts, while CERA is seen to be doing well.

Christchurch residents appear almost evenly split over Earthquake Recovery Minister Gerry Brownlee's performance leading the rebuild of the city – though slightly more think he's doing a good job rather than a bad job.

The 3 News Reid Research poll, which interviewed 300 Christchurch residents, shows 50 percent of the public say Mr Brownlee's doing a good job - just under 40 percent say he's doing a bad job.

But the Canterbury Earthquake Recovery Authority, which Mr Brownlee set up, rated better. It got a more than 60 percent approval rating, with less than 30 percent saying it's doing a bad job.

Mr Brownlee says it's not a competition but he seemed happy with CERA'S approval rating.

Unsurprisingly, it’s the insurance companies that came out worst in our poll, more than 60 percent of respondents said they were unhappy with the insurance industry's performance.

The Insurance Council maintains it's not their fault insurers had to wait for the aftershocks to subside before they could do anything.

“Insurers couldn't have started this rebuild much shorter than 6 months ago. It's just simply been impossible to do that,” says the Insurance Council’s Tim Grafton.

The poll shows insurance companies are the real issue for people here. That's backed up by official figures that show two years on, 70 percent of residential insurance claims still haven't been processed.

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