At least three opinion polls have been conducted since David Bain was found not guilty in 2009. In each of them, 60% to 70% of those polled thought David should receive compensation from the Government.
December 2012: A Herald-DigiPoll taken before Justice Ian Binnie’s report became public found 74% of those polled believed David should receive compensation if Binnie recommended it.
February 2013: A Fairfax Media-Ipsos poll found that 60% of those polled thought David should be paid compensation. This poll was conducted after Judith Collins rejected Justice Binnie’s report. Those polled were also asked for comments. Out of 1,000 people, only four respondents explicitly agreed with Collins’ stance on the matter.