UMR on the cats poll

March 8th, 2013 at 12:00 pm by David Farrar

Gavin White from blogs:

Some of you may have seen some of our research commented on in the media earlier in the week. The research has been interpreted as supporting ’s campaign on , but I don’t think it’s anywhere near as clear cut as that. 

In other words, don’t believe the spin of a campaign that selectively quoted the results.

The media reports focussed on one statistic: the fact that 54% of New Zealanders supported some form of controls that would reduce the future population of cats, once told that an Otago University study estimates 1.12 million native birds are killed by domestic cats each year in New Zealand. The question cannot, however, be treated in isolation: the other questions in the survey make clear that the sorts of controls people are actually prepared to have are actually pretty mild.

So what were the full results.

  • 62% believe that all cats should be neutered or spayed.
  • 57% think that cats should be banned from areas near wildlife reserves, forests and national parks
  • 53% believe that all cats should be registered and microchipped
  • 42% consider that all cats should wear bells
  • Just 12% believe that cat owners should not replace their cats when they die
  • Only 7% think that cats should be kept indoors at all times of the day.

This reflects I think the common sense approach of New Zealanders. Only 7% agree with the more extreme proposals from Morgan, but a bit over half agree with some of the more moderate stuff.

Gavin also points out:

In the question on banning cats from near wildlife reserves, forests and national parks, I suspect that many people would have used a reasonably narrow definition of the word ‘near’ (e.g. within a few streets of the park boundary).  It would be stretching the case to say that the poll supports banning cats from whole suburbs or towns (like Karori, which is adjacent to the Zealandia wildlife reserve, or Ohakune, which is near the boundary of Tongariro National Park).

A very good point also. It’s good to have pollsters commenting on their own research publicly – they are often the one best placed to know what limits there are in interpreting what it means.

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13 Responses to “UMR on the cats poll”

  1. Peter (1,699 comments) says:

    42% consider that all cats should wear bells

    Cats can and do compensate for bells. Also, cats with collars are in danger of getting strangled. Gareth fans may like that, but cat owners don’t.

    Silly idea.

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  2. b1gdaddynz (279 comments) says:

    My cat [Effin; fun to yell come here Effin Cat] can slip a collar in a nano second unless it was fastened so tight she wouldn’t be able to breath! I agree with registering, de-sexing, chipping and restricting cat ownership adjacent to nature reserves but that’s as far as I would go.

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  3. Kea (12,412 comments) says:

    I consider bells cruel. Any cat that comes around my place wearing a bell, leaves without one. Same for non elasticated collars.

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  4. RRM (9,836 comments) says:

    I wonder what %age of cat owners get their cats de-sexed for their cat’s own benefit? I reckon it could be more than 62%.

    Cat sex is basically rape, and often the little girls get pregnant at an age where they will almost certainly die birthing their kittens.

    Come to think of it, I’m pretty sure 100% of cat owners I know have de-sexed all their cats!

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  5. Kea (12,412 comments) says:

    Nice bit of anthropomorphism from RRM. Never been especially bright that boy.

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  6. Longknives (4,691 comments) says:

    Jesus RRM- Pete George will be along any minute now banging on about this being another example of ‘Rape Culture’in NZ…

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  7. Longknives (4,691 comments) says:

    And as for you guys talking about your cats- Shunda will be along soon as to tell you that owning pets is a “Mental Illness” and that he wants to kill your beloved ‘Mr Frisky’ ..

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  8. krazykiwi (9,186 comments) says:

    42% consider that all cats should wear bells

    Leave the cats. Let’s install bells and microchips on MP’s instead :)

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  9. Peter (1,699 comments) says:

    And economists.

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  10. paul henry (49 comments) says:

    Gareth to Go.

    Vote the self-important fool off these islands.

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  11. pq (728 comments) says:

    i had a good reply to my assertion that the predators in NZ are Stoats, Rats and Opossums.
    The reply was that in suburban areas the birds are taken out by cats . I am not so sure.
    My neighbours cats are absolute poofs, can not do anything without a feed from a tin.
    Any way Gareth morgan is mad, read on here
    http://garethmorgantax.blogspot.co.nz/

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  12. Shunda barunda (2,978 comments) says:

    And as for you guys talking about your cats- Shunda will be along soon as to tell you that owning pets is a “Mental Illness” and that he wants to kill your beloved ‘Mr Frisky’ ..

    My family has a dog, a cat, and a rabbit.

    We manage to enjoy these creatures for what they are: tame animals that share our home/yard with us.

    However,

    I don’t talk to them like they are people, I don’t pretend they aren’t animals, I don’t use them to compensate for meaningful human relationships, I don’t pretend that their animal instincts have been replaced by a deluded concept of animal nobility just because they are ‘my’ pets.

    But you just keep on truckin longknives, I am sure your horse will give you the answers you seek very soon, perhaps your dog will give you some good financial advice and assist with your views on politics.

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  13. Shunda barunda (2,978 comments) says:

    62% believe that all cats should be neutered or spayed.
    57% think that cats should be banned from areas near wildlife reserves, forests and national parks
    53% believe that all cats should be registered and microchipped

    Based on those figures, we should push ahead for reforming rules around cat ownership.

    Anyone that suggests otherwise is not only enabling nutters, they are resigning a great number of cats to a miserable existence that no animal should be forced to endure, which is exactly what the SPCA (which will not ever get a cent from me again) is doing.

    The time to register/microchip cats and enable council animal control to eliminate strays and ferals has come.

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