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Economic issues (44%) still biggest problems facing New Zealand while War/Terrorism/Refugees remain biggest problems facing the World (29%)

In New Zealand, a cross-section of 1,000 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone in April 2016. 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?”

In April 2016, Economic issues 44% (down 1% since January 2016) are still clearly the most important problems facing New Zealand and the biggest problems facing the World today are still War & Terrorism/Security/Refugee Crisis 29% (down 9%) according to the latest Roy Morgan New Zealand survey conducted in April 2016 with a representative cross-sample of 1,000 New Zealanders.

New Zealand views on Problems facing New Zealand

When asked about the most important problem facing New Zealand, 44% of New Zealanders mention some kind of Economic issue. This is down 1% from January 2016 and remains ahead of Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues 27% (up 4%), Social issues 16% (up 2%) and Environmental issues 7% (unchanged).

The most important Economic issues facing New Zealand include Poverty / The gap between the rich and the poor 21% (down 1%), the Need to increase exports 9% (up 4%), Unemployment/ Job security 6% (down 1%), Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession/ High dollar 4% (down 2%) and Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship/ Household debt 3% (unchanged).

In terms of Government/ Public policy/ Human Rights issues a large number of New Zealanders mention Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government Spending 9% (up 2%) followed by Housing problems 9% (House prices/ Housing affordability 7% (unchanged) and Homeless/ Homelessness/Housing shortage 2% (down 1%)) as problems facing New Zealand, while other important issues include Social apathy/ Lack of values/ Lack of empathy/ Intolerance 4% (unchanged) and Immigration/ Refugees 3% (down 1%).

Economic issues are a major problem of New Zealanders of all age groups – led by those aged 25-34yr olds (54%) and those aged 35-49yr old (46%).  Younger New Zealanders are most likely to mention Housing Problems – Housing shortage/ Housing affordability as the biggest problem – 13% of 25-34yr olds compared to 6% of 18-24yr olds; 7% of 35-49yr olds and 6% of those aged 50+yrs old.

New Zealand views on Problems facing the World

The biggest World problems according to New Zealanders are still War & Terrorism/ Security issues / Refugee Crisis 29% (although down 9% from January 2016). Within that group New Zealanders most frequently mention Terrorism 16% (down 5%) followed by Wars & Conflicts/ Unrest 5% (down 4%), Refugee/ Migrant Crisis 4% (up 1%) and Religious Conflict 3% (down 1%).

The next biggest World problems are Economic issues 26% (up 1% since January 2016). The Economic issues facing the World mentioned most often by New Zealanders are Poverty/ The gap between rich & poor/ Imbalance of wealth 14% (down 1%), Over-population 4% (up 1%), Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession 3% (down 1%) and Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship/ Household debt 2% (unchanged).

Other important World problems mentioned by New Zealanders are Climate change/ Global warming/ Ozone layer/ Greenhouse effect 11% (up 3%), Social apathy/ Lack of values/ Lack of empathy towards others/ Intolerance 7% (up 1%), Government/ Politicians/ Political Unrest 5% (up 2%) and Greed 4% (up 1%).

Michele Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan says:

“Economic issues continue to dominate in New Zealand in 2016 – 44% (down 1% since January 2016) – of New Zealanders say the biggest problems facing New Zealand are economic. The most pressing Economic issues are Poverty/The Gap between the rich and poor/Imbalance of wealth 21% (down 1%), Need to increase exports 9% (up 4%), Unemployment/ Job security 6% (down 1%), Economy/Financial crisis/Recession 4% (down 2%) and Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship etc. 3% (unchanged).

“The other two significant issues facing New Zealand are Housing shortage/Housing affordability 9% (unchanged) and Government/Politicians/Leadership/Government spending 9% (up 2%). These issues are part of the Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues – 27% (up 4%).

“Despite a big drop in overall concern when it comes to global issues Kiwis again nominate War/Terrorism/Refugee issues 29% (down 9%) as the biggest problem facing the World, just ahead of Economic issues 26% (up 1%). Well behind these two large groups of issues are Environmental Issues 16% (up 4%) and Social issues 14% (unchanged).

“The biggest War/Terrorism/Security/Refugee crisis issue is still Terrorism 16% (down 5%) which follows several incidents of terrorism in many parts of the world including Africa, Europe, the Middle East and the USA. Wars and conflicts/Unrest 5% (down 4%) and Religion/Religious conflict 3% (down 1%) were also mentioned by sizeable numbers of New Zealanders.

“The biggest Economic issues facing the World are Poverty/The gap between the rich & poor/Imbalance of wealth 14% (down 1%) and Economy/Financial crisis/Recession 3% (down 1%). Other notable issues mentioned include Global warming/Climate change/Ozone layer/Greenhouse effect 11% (up 3%) and Social apathy/Lack of values/Lack of empathy toward others 7% (up 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 1,000 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone in April 2016. 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 Problems Facing New Zealand - April 2016

Most Important Problems Facing the World - July 2016


Most Important Problem Facing New Zealand

New Zealand

        

Dec
2014

Mar
2015

Jun
2015

Sep
2015

Jan
2016

Apr
2016

%

%

%

%

%

%

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

20

18

21

14

22

17

Need to Increase Exports

2

1

1

*

5

8

Unemployment/ Job Security

6

8

5

6

7

7

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

6

5

10

15

6

4

Cost of Living/ Inflation/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

5

5

4

3

3

4

Low Wages

2

3

1

*

1

1

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

*

1

*

*

-

*

Foreign Ownership/ Selling our Assets

1

1

1

1

1

*

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

41

40

44

40

45

42

Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government Spending

8

9

8

10

7

9

Increasing House Prices/ Housing/ Housing affordability

4

7

11

10

7

7

Homeless/ Homelessness/ Housing Shortage

2

3

3

*

3

2

SUB-TOTAL HOUSING RELATED

6

10

14

10

10

9

Immigration/ Refugees

2

1

2

5

4

3

Health System/ Shortage of Doctors/ Health Services

*

1

1

1

1

2

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

1

1

1

*

*

1

Education

1

2

1

1

1

1

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

1

2

1

1

1

1

Not enough people/ People leaving New Zealand

1

*

1

1

-

*

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

21

26

29

28

23

25

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

4

3

3

3

4

4

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

2

3

3

7

1

2

Crime/ Law & Order

2

2

1

1

1

3

Racism/ Racial Tension

2

1

1

2

2

1

Breakdown of Family Unit/ Family Violence

2

2

1

1

*

1

Greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

1

1

1

Social Welfare System

3

1

1

1

1

1

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

1

*

1

1

1

1

Drugs/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

1

1

2

1

1

1

Violence/ Gangs

3

1

*

*

1

1

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

20

15

13

17

14

16

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

*

1

*

*

-

*

Christchurch Earthquake & Damage

-

*

-

*

*

    -

TOTAL CHRISTCHURCH ISSUES

*

1

*

*

*

*

Environmental Issues/ Degradation

3

2

2

1

3

3

Climate Change/ Global Warming

2

2

2

1

3

2

Environmental Pollution/ Water Pollution

1

2

*

*

1

1

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

*

1

1

-

*

1

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (INCLUDING CHRISTCHURCH)

6

7

5

3

7

7

Other

*

1

*

*

-

-

Can’t say

12

11

9

12

11

   10

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

Dec
2014

Mar
2015

Jun
2015

Sep
2015

Jan
2016

Apr
2016

%

%

%

%

%

%

Terrorism

8

23

11

8

21

16

Wars & Conflicts/ Unrest

12

12

12

9

9

5

Refugee/ Migrant Crisis

n/a

n/a

n/a

15

3

4

Religion/ Religious Conflict

7

3

4

3

4

3

Peace/ Lack of World Peace

2

2

2

1

2

1

TOTAL WAR & TERRORISM/ SECURITY/ REFUGEE CRISIS ISSUES

29

41

29

36

38

29

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

16

14

19

15

15

14

Over-population

3

2

3

4

3

4

Economy/ Financial Crisis/ Recession

6

3

4

6

4

3

Cost of Living/ Inflation/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

3

3

3

3

2

2

Unemployment/ Job Security

1

2

1

1

1

2

Food Shortages/ Feeding the People

1

1

2

1

*

1

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

30

25

32

30

25

26

Climate Change/ Global Warming/ Ozone Layer/ Greenhouse Effect

6

5

8

7

8

11

Environmental Issues/ Changes/ Degradation

3

2

2

1

1

2

Environmental Pollution

1

1

1

1

1

2

Famine/ Hunger/ Starvation

2

2

3

2

2

2

Natural Disasters – Earthquakes/ Tsunamis/ Floods/ Volcanic Eruptions

*

-

1

*

*

*

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

12

9

15

11

12

16

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

6

5

5

4

6

7

Greed

4

3

4

3

3

4

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

1

1

1

1

Lack of Religious or Spiritual Values

*

1

1

1

1

1

Racism/ Racial Tension

1

1

*

1

1

1

Violence

2

2

*

*

2

1

Drug/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

1

1

1

*

*

*

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

14

13

12

9

14

14

Government/ Politicians/ Political Unrest/ Instability/

Greedy & Corrupt Governments

2

3

2

3

3

5

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

7

2

1

1

1

2

Education

*

1

*

*

1

*

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

9

5

3

4

4

6

Shortage of Resources/ Consumption of Resources

*

1

2

1

*

1

Water Shortage/ Clean Water

*

1

1

1

*

1

Energy Crisis/ Fuel Shortage/ Need Renewable Energy Sources

1

1

1

*

*

-

TOTAL ENERGY/ RESOURCE ISSUES

1

2

3

2

1

1

Other

*

1

*

1

-

-

Can’t say

5

4

6

7

6

    8

TOTAL

100

100

100

100

100

100

*Less than 1%.

Roy Morgan New Zealand Electorate Profiles

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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