With inspiration from Bill English’s infamous ‘pizza night’ social media post we decided to settle the debate once and for all, does pineapple really belong on a pizza? and for that matter, what about spaghetti?
Using our monthly online omnibus survey of 1000 New Zealanders over the age of 18 we posed a range of normal, and possibly not so normal pizza toppings and asked respondents how much they liked or disliked them. We used a one to five scale where one meant ‘strongly dislike’ and five meant ‘like very much’.
Unsurprisingly the most mainstream topping we asked about was also the most favoured, with more than two-thirds (68%) of New Zealanders saying they like (4+5) pepperoni/salami on their pizzas. Pineapple was also liked as a topping by more than half (53%) of respondents, which is good news for Bill English considering his choice of toppings. However, not such good news for Bill was that only 19% liked the idea of spaghetti on their pizzas, so he may have to drop that topping the next time he goes posting on social media.
Among National’s own supporters, fondness for pineapple on pizza was significantly higher at 61%. National voters were also slightly more accepting of spaghetti on their pizzas with 22% saying they like it as a topping. Green voters were very wary of spaghetti on pizza with only 8% saying they liked it as a topping.