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Economic issues (40%) biggest problems facing NZ; however War/ Terrorism/ Refugees now biggest problem facing the World (36%)

In New Zealand, a cross-section of 1,003 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone in September 2015. 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).
In September 2015, Economic issues 40% (down 4% since June 2015) are still clearly the most important problems facing New Zealand, however the biggest problems facing the World today are now War & Terrorism/ Security/ Refugee/ Migrant Crisis 36% (up 7%) according to the latest Roy Morgan Research conducted in September 2015 with a representative cross-sample of New Zealanders.

New Zealand views on Problems facing New Zealand

When asked about the most important problem facing New Zealand, 40% of New Zealanders mention some kind of Economic issue. This is down 4% from June 2015 but remains well ahead of Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues 28% (down 1%), Social issues 17% (up 4%) and Environmental issues 3% (down 2%).

The most important Economic issues facing New Zealand include Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession/ High dollar 15% (up 5%), Poverty / The gap between the rich and the poor 14% (down 7%), Unemployment/ Job security 6% (up 1%) and Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship/ Household debt 3% (down 1%).

A large number of New Zealanders mention Housing shortage/ Housing affordability 10% (down 4%) Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government spending 10% (up 2%) as problems facing New Zealand, while other important issues include Child abuse 7% (up 4%), Immigration/ Refugees 5% (up 3%) and Social apathy/ Lack of values/ Lack of empathy/ Intolerance 3% (unchanged).

Economic issues are a major problem of New Zealanders of all age groups – 47% of those aged 25-34yrs old and 41% aged 50+yrs old mention Economic issues compared to 31% of those aged 18-24yrs old while 36% of 35-49yr olds mention Economic issues. Younger New Zealanders are most likely to mention the Housing shortage/ Housing affordability as the biggest problem – 13% of 18-24yr olds compared to 11% of 25-34yr olds; 10% of 35-49yr olds and only 9% of those aged 50+yrs old.

New Zealand views on Problems facing the World

The biggest World problems according to New Zealanders are now War & Terrorism/ Security issues / Refugee Crisis 36% (up 7% from June 2015). Within that group New Zealanders mention Refugee/ Migrant Crisis 15% (new), Wars & Conflicts/ Unrest 9% (down 3%), Terrorism 8% (down 3%), and Religious Conflict 3% (down 1%).

The next biggest World problems are Economic issues 30% (down 2% since June 2015).

The Economic issues facing the World mentioned most often by New Zealanders are Poverty/ The gap between rich & poor/ Imbalance of wealth 15% (down 4%), Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession 6% (up 2%), Over-population 4% (up 1%) and Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship/ Household debt 3% (unchanged).

Other important World problems mentioned by New Zealanders are Climate change/ Global warming/ Ozone layer/ Greenhouse effect 7% (down 1%), Social apathy/ Lack of values/ Lack of empathy towards others/ Intolerance 4% (down 1%), Greed 3% (down 1%) and Famine/ Hunger/ Starvation 2% (down 1%).

Michele Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan says:

“Despite a slight fall since June, Economic issues continue to dominate in New Zealand – 40% (down 4% since June 2015) of New Zealanders say the biggest problems facing New Zealand are economic clearly ahead of Government/ Politics/ Human Rights issues 28% (down 1%) and Social issues 17% (up 4%).

“However, when it comes to global issues Kiwis nominate War/ Terrorism/ Refugee issues 36% (up 7%) as the biggest problem facing the World, now ahead of Economic issues 30% (down 2%) and clearly ahead of other issues including Environmental issues 11% (down 4%).

“In New Zealand the biggest economic issue is Economy/Financial crisis/ Recession/ High dollar 15% (up 5%) just ahead of Poverty/ The gap between the rich and the poor/ Imbalance of wealth 14% (down 7%) followed by Unemployment/ Job security 6% (up 1%) – clearly lower than across the Tasman in Australia (9%), and Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship/ Household debt 3% (down 1%).

“Despite falling from a record high, Housing shortage/ Housing affordability 10% (down 4%) remains a huge problem facing New Zealand. Even more Kiwis view Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government spending 10% (up 2%) as a significant problem. These issues are part of the Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues – 28% (down 1%).

“The biggest War/ Terrorism/ Security/ Refugee crisis issue is related to the massive recent surge in forced migration away from warzones in the Middle East to Europe – now at 15% (n/a from the last survey on this question). The Refugee issue has taken over from the related issues of War & Conflicts/ Unrest 9% (down 3%) and Terrorism 8% (down 3%) as the biggest problem facing the World late in 2015. The ongoing conflict in Syria has caused millions of displaced people to exit the war-torn country, mainly to the neighbouring countries of Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey. However, now many refugees are departing Turkey en route to Europe causing the biggest migration of people since World War II over 70 years ago.

“The biggest Economic issues facing the World are Poverty/ The gap between the rich & poor/ Imbalance of wealth 15% (down 4%) and Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession 6% (up 2%). Environmental issues have slumped to 11% (down 4%) in September despite the upcoming Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Conference in early December. Clearly the most important environmental issue New Zealanders mention is still Climate Change/ Global Warming/ Greenhouse effect 7% (down 1%).”

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 1,003 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone in September 2015. 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).

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Most Important Issues Facing New Zealand - September 2015

Most Important Issues Facing the World - September 2015


Most Important Problem Facing New Zealand

New Zealand

May
2014

Aug
2014

Dec
2014

Mar
2015

Jun
2015

Sep
2015

%

%

%

%

%

%

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

8

9

6

5

10

15

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

18

18

20

18

21

14

Unemployment/ Job Security

8

6

6

8

5

6

Cost of Living/ Inflation/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

5

4

5

5

4

3

Foreign Ownership/ Selling our Assets

1

1

1

1

1

1

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

1

1

*

1

*

*

Low Wages

2

2

2

3

1

*

Need to Increase Exports

2

1

2

1

1

*

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

44

41

41

40

44

40

Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government Spending

6

7

8

9

8

10

Housing shortage/ Housing affordability

5

4

6

10

14

10

Immigration/ Refugees

2

2

2

1

2

5

Education

3

4

1

2

1

1

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

1

1

1

2

1

1

Health System/ Shortage of Doctors/ Health Services

1

1

*

1

1

1

Not enough people/ People leaving New Zealand

1

1

1

*

1

1

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

1

1

1

1

1

*

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

18

19

21

26

29

28

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

2

3

2

3

3

7

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

4

5

4

3

3

3

Racism/ Racial Tension

2

2

2

1

1

2

Breakdown of Family Unit/ Family Violence

2

2

2

2

1

1

Crime/ Law & Order

2

3

2

2

1

1

Drugs/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

5

2

1

1

2

1

Greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

1

1

1

Social Welfare System

1

2

3

1

1

1

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

1

3

1

*

1

1

Violence/ Gangs

1

2

3

1

*

*

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

21

24

20

15

13

17

Christchurch Earthquake & Damage

*

-

-

*

-

*

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

1

1

*

1

*

*

TOTAL CHRISTCHURCH ISSUES

2

1

*

1

*

*

Climate Change/ Global Warming

1

2

2

2

2

1

Environmental Issues/ Degradation

2

2

3

2

2

1

Environmental Pollution/ Water Pollution

2

1

1

2

*

*

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

1

1

*

1

1

-

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (INCLUDING CHRISTCHURCH)

8

6

6

7

5

3

Other

*

-

*

1

*

*

Can’t say

10

10

12

11

9

12

TOTAL

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

May
2014

Aug
2014

Dec
2014

Mar
2015

Jun
2015

Sep
2015

%

%

%

%

%

%

Refugee/ Migrant Crisis

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

n/a

15

Wars & Conflicts/ Unrest

12

23

12

12

12

9

Terrorism

2

4

8

23

11

8

Religion/ Religious Conflict

4

5

7

3

4

3

Peace/ Lack of World Peace

2

3

2

2

2

1

TOTAL WAR & TERRORISM/ SECURITY/ REFUGEE CRISIS ISSUES

20

35

29

41

29

36

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

16

17

16

14

19

15

Economy/ Financial Crisis/ Recession

7

4

6

3

4

6

Over-population

3

3

3

2

3

4

Cost of Living/ Inflation/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

4

3

3

3

3

3

Food Shortages/ Feeding the People

3

2

1

1

2

1

Unemployment/ Job Security

1

1

1

2

1

1

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

34

29

30

25

32

30

Climate Change/ Global Warming/ Ozone Layer/ Greenhouse Effect

6

5

6

5

8

7

Famine/ Hunger/ Starvation

3

2

2

2

3

2

Environmental Issues/ Changes/ Degradation

1

1

3

2

2

1

Environmental Pollution

3

2

1

1

1

1

Natural Disasters – Earthquakes/ Tsunamis/ Floods/ Volcanic Eruptions

2

1

*

-

1

*

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

14

11

12

9

15

11

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

7

8

6

5

5

4

Greed

3

2

4

3

4

3

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

1

1

1

1

Lack of Religious or Spiritual Values

1

*

*

1

1

1

Racism/ Racial Tension

1

1

1

1

*

1

Drug/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

1

1

1

1

1

*

Violence

1

2

2

2

*

*

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

15

14

14

13

12

9

Government/ Politicians/ Political Unrest/ Instability/

Greedy & Corrupt Governments

4

3

2

3

2

3

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

2

*

7

2

1

1

Education

2

2

*

1

*

*

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

7

4

9

5

3

4

Shortage of Resources/ Consumption of Resources

1

1

*

1

2

1

Water Shortage/ Clean Water

*

1

*

1

1

1

Energy Crisis/ Fuel Shortage/ Need Renewable Energy Sources

1

1

1

1

1

*

TOTAL ENERGY/ RESOURCE ISSUES

2

2

1

2

3

2

Other

1

*

*

1

*

1

Can’t say

7

5

5

4

6

7

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%.


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Margin of Error

The margin of error to be allowed for in any estimate depends mainly on the number of interviews on which it is based. The following table gives indications of the likely range within which estimates would be 95% likely to fall, expressed as the number of percentage points above or below the actual estimate. The figures are approximate and for general guidance only, and assume a simple random sample. Allowance for design effects (such as stratification and weighting) should be made as appropriate.

Sample Size

Percentage Estimate

40%-60%

25% or 75%

10% or 90%

5% or 95%

1,000

±3.2

±2.7

±1.9

±1.4