New poll: Government should not help Kiwi jihadi Mark Taylor return to NZ, majority says

Most New Zealanders do not want to see the Government help to bring home ISIS fighter Mark Taylor, who is being held in a Syrian prison.

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The latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll asked Kiwis about the Hamilton native, currently sitting in a Syrian prison. Source: 1 NEWS

Those quizzed in the latest 1 NEWS Colmar Brunton poll were asked: “In 2014, New Zealander Mark Taylor travelled to Syria to fight for ISIS. He now wishes to return to New Zealand. Do you think the New Zealand Government should help bring him home?”

Seventy-five per cent answered no, 16% answered yes, and 9% did not know. 

Taylor, who is originally from Hamilton, is being held in a Syrian prison after being captured by Kurdish forces.

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Karolina Dam's 18-year-old son was radicalised and died fighting in Syria in 2014. Source: 1 NEWS

Taylor was re-issued a New Zealand passport in 2011, which meant he could travel to Syria.

He then burnt the passport.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has emphasised that the Government is obliged "to not make people state-less", and Taylor only holds New Zealand citizenship.

National Party leader Simon Bridges said, "we don't want him back".

"It's not our responsibility to bail out a terrorist."

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The PM told TVNZ1’s Breakfast that she has explicitly warned not to travel to Syria because “we do not have the ability to give assistance”. Source: Breakfast

Deputy PM Winston Peters said Taylor "forfeited any right that he had when he joined a terrorist organisation".

If Taylor was to make it back to New Zealand, he would be facing New Zealand's terrorism law, with penalties ranging from 14 years to life imprisonment.

Those living in the lower South Island, National Party supporters and those aged over 55 believed, more than the average, that Taylor should not be returned to New Zealand. 

Between April 6 and 10, 1009 eligible voters were polled via landline and mobile phone. The maximum sampling error is approximately ±3.1%-points at the 95 per cent confidence level.