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NZers narrowly want Dotcom to stay: poll

04:01 Tue Apr 30 2013
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New Zealanders by a narrow margin want Kim Dotcom to stay in New Zealand, a new poll shows.
New Zealanders by a narrow margin want Kim Dotcom to stay in New Zealand, a new poll shows.

New Zealanders by a narrow margin want Kim Dotcom to stay in New Zealand rather than be extradited to the United States, a poll shows.

The 3 News/Reid Research poll of 1000 people shows 48 per cent want the German-born New Zealand resident to stay in New Zealand rather than be extradited to the United States to face internet piracy charges.

Extradition was favoured by 42 per cent of those polled, while 10 per cent didn't know.

The poll was released about a week before US Attorney-General Eric Holder was due to visit Auckland University to speak about cyber crime and international co-operation, 3 News reported.

Dotcom's extradition hearing is due to take place in August, though with other legal action pending it could be delayed further.

In answer to another question posed by the poll, just 50 per cent of New Zealanders trusted Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) spies to act in the best interests of New Zealanders.

It found 40 per cent didn't think the GCSB spies could be trusted to act in New Zealanders' best interests, while 10 per cent didn't know.

The GCSB was found to have spied illegally on Kim Dotcom and possibly spied illegally on 88 other New Zealand residents.

The government has proposed to legalise GCSB spying on New Zealanders being investigated by other government agencies.