National still popular among businesses
The latest survey of businesses shows there is still overwhelming support for National despite some misgivings.
Mind Your Own Business (MYOB) released its business monitor today, with 59% of those surveyed indicating they would vote National compared to Labour's 11%.
The data was for the business monitor was collected in September.
Other notable results were that John Key is still the most preferred Prime Minister and that there is a close to 50/50 split on the sale of SOEs.
MYOB's General Manager Julian Smith says that the government has not done a good enough job communicating with businesses about the sale of SOEs and that is the reason some people are opposed to SOE sales.
Compared to the 62% in MYOB’s March monitor, National experienced a small drop but is still the preferred party of businesses. National received most of its vote from small business (71%) and those with a profit of between $1-5 million (72%).
Popular policies include a simplified provisional tax system (74%) and increased investment in research and development (58%).
National's Priority for Innovation report focusing on research and development, released yesterday, may gain them more votes but a tax policy would be a big move for either party, Mr Smith.
"It's a step in the right direction," says Mr Smith.
“However, the one policy that is far and away the most popular for business is the simplification of provisional tax rules.
“This particular policy isn’t on any party’s radar at the moment, but what it emphasises is how complex and time consuming businesses find the current tax regime, and how much any party would stand to gain by making a concerted effort to make life easier for business,” says Mr Smith.
The MYOB monitor surveys over 1,000 New Zealand businesses.