Dairy robbery poll shows support for guns

Despite recent reports of a brutal dairy robbery in south Auckland, and a Christchurch dairy robbed twice in three days, an online poll shows most people do not support the idea of dairy owners arming themselves with guns.

It comes after a group representing hundreds of Indian business owners says shopkeepers should consider holding firearms behind the counter.

The AM Show poll on Wednesday shows 57 percent of voters did not think dairy owners should have a gun in the shop.

But a significant minority of voters - 43 percent - are in favour of the idea.

On Monday, two Papatoetoe shopkeepers were viciously beaten by a group of young men armed with a baseball bat.

One week earlier a dairy in Mt Roskill left two people in hospital.