Question two: Do you think the right to vote should be linked to citizenship?


My motivation for creating a survey on immigration was to get an accurate snapshot of what a ?Conservative/ Libertarian voter ?thinks about immigration in New Zealand. I wanted this snap shot ?primarily for David Seymour ?as he commented that the small changes Act had proposed for immigration did not gain any support from this blog and resulted in a lot of negativity from the media.

Winston Peters of course has always been vocal about immigration, I hope this survey gives him some insight on what our real concerns about immigration are. Are we anti-immigration? Or do we think immigration is a good thing?

John Key likes to implement policies that will be popular with voters so he too should find this survey useful. I think he will be surprised at what it shows.

Due to our large audience we easily surveyed over one thousand voters in less than a day. This survey is not of the general population but of a specific conservative/libertarian audience. I gave two yes options and two no options for every ?question.

Here are the results for question two: Do you think the right to vote should be linked to citizenship?

An overwhelming majority of 93% support linking citizenship to the right to vote. This used to be the case in New Zealand until The Labour Party changed the rules. Perhaps it is time our conservative parties changed it back to the way it was.

Suffrage, the right to vote in a particular country, generally derives from citizenship. In most countries, the right to vote is reserved to those who possess the citizenship of the country in question. Some countries, however, have extended suffrage rights to non-citizens.


For more detail on respondents’ thoughts on the issue here are all comments unedited. A common word mentioned in the responses was residency.

Citizens or those with residency

If someone is permanently resident in NZ and pays taxes here, they should have the right to vote. However, non-citizens should not be eligible for welfare.

If you pay taxes, you should have the right to vote

I’m NZ resident. If you’re taking my tax dollar, I’ll have a vote thank you very much. No guesses as to how Mr Slater would like the poll to go as your use of language i.e. “Labour Party Policy” suggests. I vote National. Would you like them to lose my vote? I thought not.

Anyone earning a wage and paying taxes should be allowed to vote

Become a kiwi you get too vote .HOW THE HELL CAN ANON CITIZEN walk in and vote

stupid question, permanent residents as well

The right to influence the governing of our country should be a privilege given to NZ citizens only.

china doesn’t allow dual citizenship but chinese permanent residents here really should be allowed to vote, chinese permanent residents would have lose, FOREVER, their chinese citizenship in order to vote here

I don’t know current policy, but voting should be for citizens & permanent residents.

Some countries only allow single citizenships. To take an NZ citizenship would deny them access, or at least make it difficult, to return back to their home country when required. I know a number of Chinese who live in NZ, have no intention of returning to China but retain Chinese citizenship just so they can return to see elderly relatives if they become unwell.

permanent residents should be allowed to vote

I think any immigrant who works and pays taxes should get a vote.

Only 3rd generation allowed to vote. And only if “good character” test applied.

Residency test is OK

I thought you had to be a citizen to vote.

Voting should be the privilege and responsibility of NZ citizens and permanent residents.

a reason to be come a citizen is for voting, The immigrant’s choice, pay tax,or leave or become a citizen, that is a New Zealander “can do” kiwi.

People with either citizenship or permenant residency should be allow to vote but no one else

As long as they have permanent residency status.

After people have been resident for 5 years (over the age of 18) they should be able to vote

And only if you reside in New Zealand at the time of the election.

The majority of foreign residents have integrated into NZ society. Though they may not have citizenship (for varied reasons) they are in all other aspects, Kiwis.

All permanent residents who reside in NZ should be allowed to vote

I’m OK with non-citizens (permanent residents) having the right to vote, but perhaps after a certain qualifying period (e.g 5 years) and providing they have not been convicted of a crime, in which case the right to vote should be forfeited.

Not sure of Labour policy, but I would link voting to permanent residency.

-Whaleoil Immigration survey