Audrey Young is the New Zealand Herald’s political editor.

Poll: More people believe Dotcom

Kim Dotcom. Photo / Mark Mitchell
Kim Dotcom. Photo / Mark Mitchell

A majority of people believe that Prime Minister John Key knew of internet tycoon Kim Dotcom before the FBI raided his Coatesville mansion in January last year, a poll shows.

Mr Key says he did not; Mr Dotcom says he did and will produce evidence at his hearing for extradition to the United States where he is accused of piracy.

A total of 52 per cent of respondents to TV3's Reid Research poll believe Mr Dotcom, 34 per cent believe Mr Key.

Mr Key put the difference down to lack of trust generally in politicians.

"Any number of surveys taken during the year will show you that the public are quite sceptical about what politicians say and I suspect there's a bit of that built into those poll numbers," he told TV3.

Mr Dotcom said the results put a smile on his face.

"The Prime Minister's subservient relationship with the United States, his on-going brain fades, the new spy laws that are incompatible with our democracy plus the ongoing political persecution against me, my family and friends might have contributed to this poll result," he said.

- NZ Herald

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