Exclusive poll: Four to one, Kiwis don't want more spending in the Budget
The New Zealand Taxpayers' Union can reveal that, by a margin of more than four to one, most New Zealanders oppose increasing Government spending in this week's Budget.
A new scientific poll of 1,000 respondents was conducted by Curia Market Research and asked, Given the current levels of inflation, do you think the Government should continue to increase overall spending in this year’s budget, or keep it about the same?
Only 15% support increasing spending, versus 65% who support keeping it at the same level. 20% are unsure.
Majorities favour spending restraint in every age group, area, gender, and deprivation level.
Even among Labour and Green voters, only 27% favour increased spending. Among undecided voters, only 8% want an increase in spending.
With $6 billion of new operational spending earmarked for Thursday's Budget, it appears Grant Robertson has badly misjudged the public appetite for big spending. New Zealanders understand that one driver of higher living costs is Government spending bidding up the prices of goods and services.
Moreover, Kiwi households are responding to higher costs by making prudent sacrifices, and they expect the Government to do the same.
New Zealanders know that a big reason the Finance Minister has so much money in his fiscal envelope is because inflation has pushed workers into higher tax brackets. The best thing Grant Robertson could announce on Thursday is to return these ill-gotten gains to productive New Zealanders via income tax relief.