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Economic Issues are still easily the most important problems facing New Zealand (45%) and facing the World (44%) according to New Zealanders

In New Zealand, a cross-section of 1,020 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone in October 2013. Respondents were asked: “Firstly, what do you think is the most important problem facing the World today?” and “What do you think is the most important problem facing New Zealand today?” The research conducted was both qualitative (in that people were asked to use their own words) and quantitative (in that the ‘open-ended’ responses were analysed and ‘coded’ so that the results could be counted and reported as percentages).

Economic issues are clearly the most important problems facing New Zealand and the World today according to the latest Roy Morgan Research conducted in October 2013.

New Zealand views on Problems facing New Zealand

When asked about the most important problem facing New Zealand, Economic issues are mentioned by 45% (down 6% since July 2013) still well ahead of Social issues (20%, up 2%), Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues (19%, up 4%) and Environmental issues (6%, down 1%).

The most important Economic issues facing New Zealand include Poverty / The gap between the rich and the poor (13%, down 2%), Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession/ Inflation/ Exchange rate/ High dollar (11%, down 2%), Unemployment/ Job security (11%, down 2%) and the Cost of living/ Increasing prices/ Financial hardship/ Household debt (6%, down 1%).

Other important issues mentioned by New Zealanders are the Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government spending (8%, up 1%) and Housing shortage/ Affordability (6%, up 3%). Important Social Issues according to New Zealanders are Social apathy/ Lack of values/ Lack of empathy towards others/ Intolerance (4%, unchanged) and Crime, Law and Order (3%, up 2%).

New Zealand views on Problems facing the World

The biggest World problems are again Economic issues (44%, down 1% since July 2013), in front of Terrorism/ Wars/ Security (16%, up 2%), Environmental issues (14%, up 1%) and Social Issues (14%, down 2%).

The most important Economic issues facing the World mentioned by New Zealanders are Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession (17%, up 2%), Poverty/ The gap between the rich and the poor/ Imbalance of wealth (16%, down 1%), Over-population (3%, down 1%), Unemployment/ Job security (3%, down 1%) and Cost of living/ Increasing prices/ Financial hardship/ Household debt (3%, unchanged).

Other important issues facing the World mentioned by New Zealanders include Wars and Conflicts/ Unrest (10%, up 3%), Climate change/ Global warming (7%, up 1%), Social apathy/ Lack of values/ Lack of empathy towards others/ Intolerance (5%, down 2%), Greed (4%, up 2%) and Famine/ Hunger/ Starvation (4%, up 1%).

Michele Levine says, CEO Roy Morgan says:

“Economic issues are once again the most important set of problems facing New Zealand (45%, down 6% since July 2013) and the World (44%, down 1%). Economic issues have been rated as the most important problem in every survey since surveying began in November 2010.

“The most important economic issues facing New Zealand are Poverty/ the gap between the rich and the poor/ Imbalance of wealth 13% (down 2%), Economy/ Financial crisis/ Inflation/ Exchange rate/ High dollar 11% (down 2%) and Unemployment/ Job security 11% (down 2%). All three have consistently rated as the most important problems facing New Zealand. The other important problems mentioned are the Government/ Public policy issues of Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government spending 8% (up 1%) and Housing shortage/ Housing affordability 6% (up 3%).

“The most important economic issues facing the World are Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession 17% (up 2%) and Poverty/ the gap between the rich and the poor 16% (down 1%). Other important problems include Wars and Conflicts/ Unrest 10% (up 3%) – the continued unrest in Syria is clearly contributing to this, Social apathy/ Lack of values/ lack of empathy toward others/ Intolerance 5% (down 2%) and Climate change/ Global warming/ Ozone layer/ Greenhouse effect 7% (up 1%).

“Although only a small number of New Zealanders cite Climate change as an important problem facing the world, the devastating typhoon which hit the Philippines over the weekend and also the two weeks of Climate change talks taking place in Poland this week and next mean the issue is likely to gain prominence in the next few weeks.”

These findings come from a special New Zealand Roy Morgan survey conducted with New Zealanders aged 14+ asked what are the most important issues facing New Zealand and the World today.

In New Zealand, a cross-section of 1,020 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone in October 2013. Respondents were asked: “Firstly, what do you think is the most important problem facing the World today?” and “What do you think is the most important problem facing New Zealand today?” The research conducted was both qualitative (in that people were asked to use their own words) and quantitative (in that the ‘open-ended’ responses were analysed and ‘coded’ so that the results could be counted and reported as percentages).

 

For further information:

Gary Morgan:     Office +61 3 9224 5213 Mobile +61 411 129 094

Michele Levine:   Office +61 3 9224 5215 Mobile +61 411 129 093


Most Important Problems Facing New Zealand - October 2013

Most Important Problems facing the World - October 2013

Most Important Problem Facing New Zealand

New Zealand

 

April

2012

July

2012

Oct

2012

Jan

2013

May
2013

July
2013

Oct
2013

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Poverty/ The Gap Between Rich & Poor/ Imbalance of Wealth

10

8

13

11

9

15

13

Economy/ Financial Crisis/ Recession/ Inflation/ Exchange Rate/ High Dollar

16

15

16

18

13

13

11

Unemployment/ Job Security

13

13

19

13

15

13

11

Cost of Living/ Increasing Prices/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

10

7

4

3

4

7

6

Foreign Ownership/ Selling our Assets

2

5

2

2

3

1

3

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

2

1

1

1

*

1

1

Low Wages

2

1

1

1

2

1

1

Need to Increase Exports

*

1

1

1

*

1

1

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

55

52

57

49

46

51

45

Social Apathy/ Lack of Values/ Lack of Empathy Toward Others/ Intolerance

4

4

4

4

3

4

4

Crime/ Law & Order

2

3

2

4

3

1

3

Breakdown of Family Unit/ Family Violence

1

2

*

1

1

1

2

Child Abuse/ Lack of Care of Children/ Bringing up Children Wrongly

2

1

1

3

2

2

2

Drugs/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

3

4

2

2

2

2

2

Racism/ Racial Tension

2

2

1

1

2

3

2

Social Welfare System

1

1

1

1

2

2

2

Violence/ Gangs

1

*

1

2

1

1

2

Greed/ Materialism

2

1

*

2

1

1

1

Youth Issues such as Behaviour/ Pregnancies/ Crime/
Drinking/ Drugs/ Lack of Discipline

1

1

1

2

1

2

1

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

18

19

13

20

18

18

20

Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government Spending

5

6

6

5

9

7

8

Housing shortage/ Housing affordability

1

*

*

1

2

3

6

Education

2

2

3

2

1

1

2

Benefits Given to the Maori/ Inequality Between Maori and Other Ethnic Groups

1

1

2

*

2

1

1

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

1

1

2

1

1

1

1

Immigration/ Refugees

1

1

1

1

1

2

1

Not enough people/ People leaving New Zealand

1

2

1

1

1

*

1

Health System/ Shortage of Doctors/ Health Services

1

1

*

*

1

1

*

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

9

13

14

10

17

15

19

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

2

1

1

1

*

1

1

Christchurch Earthquake & Damage

*

*

*

*

*

*

-

TOTAL CHRISTCHURCH ISSUES

2

2

2

1

1

1

1

Environmental Issues/ Degradation

1

2

1

2

2

1

3

Climate Change/ Global Warming

1

1

*

1

2

1

1

Environmental Pollution/ Water Pollution

*

1

1

1

1

*

1

(Other) Natural Disasters/ Earthquakes/ Tsunamis/ Floods/ Volcanic Eruptions

3

1

*

1

1

3

1

Rena Oil Spill

*

-

*

-

-

-

-

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (INCLUDING CHRISTCHURCH)

8

6

4

7

6

7

6

Other

5

2

2

3

2

1

*

Can’t say

5

6

8

11

10

8

10

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%. ^ (Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding included in both Economic & Environmental Issues).


Most Important Problem Facing the World

The World

 

April

2012

July

2012

Oct

2012

Jan

2013

May

2013

July
2013

Oct
2013

 

%

%

%

%

%

%

%

Economy/ Financial Crisis/ Recession

20

25

20

19

11

15

17

Poverty/ The Gap Between Rich & Poor/ Imbalance of Wealth

16

13

17

16

10

17

16

Cost of Living/ Increasing Prices/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

3

3

2

1

4

3

3

Over-population

3

3

2

3

4

4

3

Unemployment/ Job Security

3

3

4

3

4

4

3

Food Shortages/ Feeding the People

2

1

3

2

3

3

2

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

47

48

48

43

35

45

44

Wars & Conflicts/ Unrest

6

6

9

6

10

7

10

Religion/ Religious Conflict

2

1

5

4

4

4

3

Terrorism

1

1

1

2

6

2

2

Peace/ Lack of World Peace

2

1

1

1

1

2

1

TOTAL TERRORISM/ WARS/ SECURITY ISSUES

11

8

16

13

20

14

16

Climate Change/ Global Warming/ Ozone Layer/ Greenhouse Effect

3

5

4

6

6

6

7

Famine/ Hunger/ Starvation

3

4

3

3

4

3

4

Environmental Issues/ Changes/ Degradation

2

2

1

2

2

2

2

Environmental Pollution

1

2

1

2

1

1

1

Natural Disasters – Earthquakes/ Tsunamis/ Floods/ Volcanic Eruptions

3

1

1

2

1

2

1

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

11

13

10

15

14

13

14

Social Apathy/ Lack of Values/ Lack of Empathy Toward Others/ Intolerance

5

5

5

5

6

7

5

Greed

4

4

3

4

2

2

4

Lack of Religious or Spiritual Values

*

*

*

1

1

1

2

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

1

2

2

2

1

Drug/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

2

3

3

1

1

1

1

Racism/ Racial Tension

*

1

1

*

1

*

1

Violence

2

1

1

3

2

2

1

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

14

15

12

17

15

16

14

Government/ Politicians/ Political Unrest/ Instability/

Greedy & Corrupt Governments

3

2

3

3

3

4

3

Education

1

*

*

*

*

1

1

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

1

2

2

1

1

1

1

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

5

4

5

4

4

6

5

Shortage of Resources/ Consumption of Resources

1

1

1

1

1

1

1

Water Shortage/ Clean Water

1

1

*

1

1

1

1

Energy Crisis/ Fuel Shortage/ Need Renewable Energy Sources

1

1

*

1

1

*

1

TOTAL ENERGY/ RESOURCE ISSUES

3

3

2

2

2

2

2

Other

2

1

1

1

1

1

1

Can’t say

7

8

6

5

9

3

4

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%.