This blog

I use this blog to store my thoughts about polls and surveys, and I re-post interesting things I find online. I occasionally send links to clients and other people who may be interested.

I think best with a pen or a keyboard – writing helps me organise my thoughts and form my opinions. As my thinking evolves, I may end up contradicting myself or changing my mind about things. I think faster than I can type, so expect the odd typo or three.

My posts will not be all that frequent – I’ll post when I’ve got something to say, when I’m trying to form a view on something, or when there’s something I want to remember.


I’m a social researcher who has specialised in behaviour change and social issues research. I also ran one of New Zealand’s most robust and recognised opinion polls (I’m willing to vigorously defend both of these points!). Then I headed across to the public sector.

The views I express in this blog are my own. My views do not always reflect the views of the organisation I work for. If you’d like to know more about me or the organisation I work for, just send me an email. I’d be happy to respond privately. I’m not naming my employer here so there is zero risk of breaching our social media policy, but it’s no great secret.

I consider myself more ‘survey methodologist’ than ‘statistician’, but I use statistics a lot. I have a doctorate in social psychology. My thesis developed a series of statistical models depicting the antecedents of prejudice in New Zealand.

Politically I’m left of centre. Basically I think that inequality is an actual thing, and the idea that ‘to be successful you just need to work really hard’ perpetuates it – it serves those already in high status positions. Having said this, I have a great deal of respect for many people who sit at very different places to me on the political spectrum.

I have never donated to nor been a member of a political party.

I don’t get along with dogmatic closed-minded people, irrespective of their political leanings. If you need to justify your position with name calling or baseless assumptions, please don’t comment here.

“He taonga rongonui te aroha ki te tangata” – Goodwill towards others is a precious treasure.

I hope people find my posts interesting or useful in some way.


Email ~ grumpollie@gmail.com