This week's poll asks:
Do you see the election result as being positive or negative for New Zealand?
*I declared negative because of the threat nationals election to power will pose to asset sales. The fact that they will effectively sell off the countrys silverware,allowing foreign nationals to buy up our key assets is alarming. National has been handed to much power and I cannot see the Kiwi battler at the bottom, or midddle, of the heap being any better off. But neither would they have been so under any of the other standing partys. I just wish that the margin had been tighter so there would be checks on nationals juggernaugh to sell New Zealand to the highest bidder. Wendy
*We would be screwed with a labor green coalition. I will be watching out for the conservatives in future. Wily
*Regardless of what is said about MMP, it has delivered a strong and workable majority that should be able to withstand the global climate. We as a country are only just beginning to understand MMP and it only needs tweaking. Peter
*Nobody really provided a well thought vision. The presidential nature of the whole thing made policy a sideline. Would be good if a few politicians read some of Gareth Morgans' ideas on Health, the Big Kahuna etc. Why is it so hard to see that tax and government spending should be kept to a minimum and done in an efficient way? Who really believes WFF, a universal old age only dole (NZ Super), interest free student loans etc are economically good ideas? Ray
*My vote has to be negative because this new government will not be addressing the real issues on economy and individual freedom by way of constitutional rights any time soon, so their negative vote is only slightly better than the alternative which is red spend socialist disaster or green communism shrouded in a beguiling family/environmental cloak. Dont be misled, unless ore individual sovereign rights are embedded irrevocably, they will be bled out by the trickle down-trickle away theory of the wealth redistributors. Vern
*Just. It still worries me that Labour & the Greens can have such a high percentage of the vote. They are both so Socialist. NZ need a Constitution that protects the rights of the Individual & limits Govt's power to Law & Order & Defence. If we have the correct Constitution, then that can be our representative, not Politions who love to promise the world with our (stolen) money. Chris
*We as voters have no control over the parties who did not even get an elected seat. Tom
*No clear answer. Good that Labour was smashed, but bad that the Greens and NZ First did so well. I see both these parties as being rather unconstructive and giving National a tough time. ACT's showing was very disappointing - they need to look at their leadership. Pity about the approval for MMP. Glenn
*The fact that Nat is back again to con NZ'ers with their elitist policies, is a shame. Thank heavens we have Winston back to help keep them honest. Prue
*Apart from NZ First. Karl
*I wish national had won a greater majority to be able to go it alone. Lloyd
*Had expected the Conservatives to win a seat and NZ first doing even better. Peter
*Positive, just, funny how when the left get elected that is a mandate to do anything they like but when the right do it, with all up front, it is not (Mike Smith on Q&A), yes the Green’s did well by moving toward centre but be warned, they will at some time in the future be in government again when the more radical agenda will resurface, not sure what Mr Ambrose is moaning about not having any work now as after single handedly getting Winston First back in with his NOTW play he should expect now to go onto Peters payroll, why was Peters given a spot on minor party leaders debate when Craig was not and both were polling them same at that time? John
*A stable government must be a positive indicator for New Zealand. I feel some discomfort at the support for New Zealand First. For many years I have regarded Winston Peters as a Xenophobic, anti-Asian, narrow minded bigot; perhaps I have been wrong or at least very out of touch with how many New Zealanders think. I would credit him as being one of our cleverest politicians, albeit a lazy one.
The Green Party support is a wake-up call for many of us. I still have major concerns about their green-jobs, anti-business push with little well thought out strategy as to whom will pay for the programs that they would have us embark on.
Something that we all must face is reality that New Zealand has almost nothing in the way of a cash rich group of people who can afford to invest in new business and indirectly perhaps the infrastructure that it requires. It is my view that this country, as with almost all others, has been built by capitalists who took risks; it was not built by socialists. Yes, most capitalists make profits, some of them quite large and there is nothing inherently wrong with that. No country has taxed itself to prosperity and New Zealand will not be the first exception. Therefore the prognosis for New Zealand under a Green dominated government of the future would be bleak indeed. I see no benefit in taxing wealth and job producers into oblivion; that would be as destructive as beneficiary bashing.
It seems that Mr Key has a task ahead and one hopes that he will take strong steps to take us down a visionary path rather than be side tracked into the self deception of ratings and popularity polls. Go to it Mr Key, and be prepared to take decisions for the long term good of the country rather than for short term political gain. Pete
*Mostly positive unless Key gives in to Maori party demands for transfer of state assets to iwi. The media during the election campaign demonised Don Brash to such an extent that the Act party is no longer a force to be reckoned with. If John Banks with his old National beliefs becomes the new leader, it is almost certain that the Conservative party in 2014 will attract Act voters in large numbers. John