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Government/ Public Policy/ Human Rights issues (45%) now clearly biggest problems facing New Zealand while War/Terrorism/Refugees remain biggest problems facing the World (31%)

In New Zealand, a cross-section of 1,000 men and women aged 14 or over were interviewed by telephone in July 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 July 2016, Government/ Public Policy/ Human Rights 45% (up 20% since April 2016) are now clearly the most important problems facing New Zealand and the biggest problems facing the World today are still War & Terrorism/Security/Refugee Crisis 31% (up 2%) according to the latest Roy Morgan New Zealand survey conducted in July 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, 45% of New Zealanders mention some kind of Government/ Public Policy/ Human Rights issue. This is up 20% from April 2016 and is now ahead of Economic issues 32% (down 10%), Social issues 13% (down 3%) and Environmental issues 3% (down 4%).

In terms of Government/ Public policy/ Human Rights issues a large number of New Zealanders mention Housing as a major problem – 29%  (House prices/ Housing affordability 17% (up 10%) and Homeless/ Homelessness/ Housing shortage 12% (up 10%) while other important issues include Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government Spending 6% (down 3%), Immigration/ Refugees 6% (up 3%).

The most important Economic issues facing New Zealand include Poverty / The gap between the rich and the poor 17% (down 4%), Unemployment/ Job security 4% (down 3%), Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession/ High dollar 4% (unchanged), the Need to increase exports 2% (down 6%) and Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship/ Household debt 2% (down 2%).

Housing Prices are a major problem of New Zealanders of all age groups – led by those aged 25-34yrs old (19%) and those aged 35-49yr old (20%).  New Zealanders of all age groups are likely to mention the Homeless/ Homelessness/ Lack of Housing as the biggest problem – 10% of 18-24yr olds compared to 15% of 25-34yr olds; 12% of 35-49yr olds and 12% 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 31% (up 2% since April 2016). Within that group New Zealanders most frequently mention Terrorism 16% (unchanged) followed by Wars & Conflicts/ Unrest 7% (up 2%), Refugee/ Migrant Crisis 3% (down 1%) and Religious Conflict 3% (unchanged).

The next biggest World problems are Economic issues 27% (up 1% since April 2016). The Economic issues facing the World mentioned most often by New Zealanders are Poverty/ The gap between rich & poor/ Imbalance of wealth 14% (unchanged), the Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession 5% (up 2%), Cost of living/ Inflation/ Financial hardship/ Household debt 3% (up 1%) and  Over-population 2% (down 2%).

Other important World problems mentioned are Government/ Politicians/ Political Unrest 8% (up 3%)  Climate change/ Global warming/ Ozone layer/ Greenhouse effect 6% (down 5%), Social apathy/ Lack of values/ Lack of empathy towards others/ Intolerance 6% (down 1%), and Greed 3% (down 1%).

Michele Levine, Chief Executive Officer, Roy Morgan says:

“Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues 45% (up 20% since April 2016) are now the most important set of problems facing New Zealand, overtaking Economic issues 32% (down 10%) for the first time since this question was first surveyed in late 2010. Driving the increase in Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues are the ‘twinned’ issues of Increasing house prices/ Housing affordability – now at a record 17% (up 10%) and Homeless/ Homelessness/ Housing shortage – now at a record 12% (up 10%).

“The soaring house prices in New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland are clearly a big factor in the issues surrounding affordable housing and also the increasing concern about homeless New Zealanders due to the accompanying housing shortage – although this issue has risen in importance all around New Zealand in recent months. Other important Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues include Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government spending 6% (down 3%) and Immigration/ Refugees 6% (up 3%).

“The most important Economic issues facing New Zealand include most prominently Poverty/ The gap between the rich and poor/ Imbalance of wealth 17% (unchanged) and followed by Economy/ Financial crisis/ Recession/ Exchange rate/ High dollar 4% (unchanged) and Unemployment/ Job security 4% (down 3%). Only 13% (down 3%) of New Zealanders now mention Social issues – the lowest for this set of problems since June 2015 while only 3% (down 4%) now mention Environmental issues – including 2% (unchanged) that mention Climate change/ Global warming.

“Once again Kiwis mention War/ Terrorism/ Security/ Refugee crisis 31% (up 2%) as the biggest problem facing the World, once again just ahead of Economic issues 27% (up 1%). Well behind these two large groups of issues are Social issues 16% (up 2%), Environmental Issues 9% (down 7%) and Government/ Public policy/ Human rights issues 9% (up 3%).

“The biggest War/Terrorism/Security/Refugee crisis issue is once again Terrorism 16% (unchanged) which follows several incidents of terrorism in many parts of the world in recent months, well ahead of Wars and conflicts/Unrest 7% (up 2%) and Religion/Religious conflict 3% (unchanged).

“The biggest Economic issues facing the World are Poverty/The gap between the rich & poor/Imbalance of wealth 14% (unchanged) and Economy/Financial crisis/Recession 5% (up 2%). Other notable issues mentioned include Government/ Politicians/ Political unrest/ Instability/ Greedy & corrupt Governments 8% (up 3%) and Global warming/Climate change/Ozone layer/Greenhouse effect 6% (down 5%).”

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 July 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 - July 2016

Most Important Problems facing the World - July 2016


Most Important Problem Facing New Zealand

New Zealand

Mar
2015

Jun
2015

Sep
2015

Jan
2016

Apr
2016

Jul
2016

%

%

%

%

%

%

Increasing house prices/ Housing affordability

7

11

10

7

7

17

Homeless/ Homelessness/ Housing shortage

3

3

*

3

2

12

SUB-TOTAL HOUSING RELATED

10

14

10

10

9

29

Government/ Politicians/ Leadership/ Government Spending

9

8

10

7

9

6

Immigration/ Refugees

1

2

5

4

3

6

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

2

1

1

1

1

2

Education

2

1

1

1

1

1

Health System/ Shortage of Doctors/ Health Services

1

1

1

1

2

1

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

1

1

*

*

1

*

Not enough people/ People leaving New Zealand

*

1

1

-

*

*

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

26

29

28

23

25

45

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

18

21

14

22

17

17

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

5

10

15

6

4

4

Unemployment/ Job Security

8

5

6

7

7

4

Need to Increase Exports

1

1

*

5

8

2

Cost of Living/ Inflation/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

5

4

3

3

4

2

Foreign Ownership/ Selling our Assets

1

1

1

1

*

1

Low Wages

3

1

*

1

1

1

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

1

*

*

-

*

-

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

40

44

40

45

42

32

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

3

3

3

4

4

4

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

3

3

7

1

2

2

Breakdown of Family Unit/ Family Violence

2

1

1

*

1

1

Crime/ Law & Order

2

1

1

1

3

1

Drugs/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

1

2

1

1

*

1

Greed/ Materialism

1

1

1

1

1

1

Racism/ Racial Tension

1

1

2

2

2

1

Social Welfare System

1

1

1

1

1

1

Violence/ Gangs

1

*

*

1

*

1

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

*

1

1

1

1

*

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

15

13

17

14

16

13

Christchurch Earthquake & Damage

*

-

*

*

-

-

^Christchurch Recovery & Rebuilding

1

*

*

-

*

-

TOTAL CHRISTCHURCH ISSUES

1

*

*

*

*

-

Climate Change/ Global Warming

2

2

1

3

2

2

Environmental Issues/ Degradation

2

2

1

3

3

1

Environmental Pollution/ Water Pollution

2

*

*

1

1

1

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

1

1

-

*

1

*

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES (INCLUDING CHRISTCHURCH)

7

5

3

7

7

3

Other

1

*

*

-

-

-

Can’t say

11

9

12

11

10

7

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

Mar
2015

Jun
2015

Sep
2015

Jan
2016

Apr
2016

Jul
2016

%

%

%

%

%

%

Terrorism

23

11

8

21

16

16

Wars & Conflicts/ Unrest

12

12

9

9

5

7

Refugee/ Migrant Crisis

n/a

n/a

15

3

4

3

Religion/ Religious Conflict

3

4

3

4

3

3

Peace/ Lack of World Peace

2

2

1

2

1

1

TOTAL WAR & TERRORISM/ SECURITY/ REFUGEE CRISIS ISSUES

41

29

36

38

29

31

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

14

19

15

15

14

14

Economy/ Financial Crisis/ Recession

3

4

6

4

3

5

Cost of Living/ Inflation/ Financial Hardship/ Household Debt

3

3

3

2

2

3

Food Shortages/ Feeding the People

1

2

1

*

1

2

Over-population

2

3

4

3

4

2

Unemployment/ Job Security

2

1

1

1

2

*

TOTAL ECONOMIC ISSUES

25

32

30

25

26

27

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

5

5

4

6

7

6

Greed

3

4

3

3

4

3

Violence

2

*

*

2

1

3

Crime/ Law & Order

1

1

1

1

1

1

Lack of Religious or Spiritual Values

1

1

1

1

1

1

Racism/ Racial Tension

1

*

1

1

1

1

Drug/ Alcohol Issues/ Drink Driving

1

1

*

*

*

*

TOTAL SOCIAL ISSUES

13

12

9

14

14

16

Government/ Politicians/ Political Unrest/ Instability/

Greedy & Corrupt Governments

3

2

3

3

5

8

Education

1

*

*

1

*

1

Health Issues/ Disease/ Obesity/ Poor Health

2

1

1

1

2

1

TOTAL GOVERNMENT/ PUBLIC POLICY/ HUMAN RIGHTS ISSUES

5

3

4

4

6

9

Climate Change/ Global Warming/ Ozone Layer/ Greenhouse Effect

5

8

7

8

11

6

Environmental Issues/ Changes/ Degradation

2

2

1

1

2

1

Environmental Pollution

1

1

1

1

2

1

Famine/ Hunger/ Starvation

2

3

2

2

2

1

Natural Disasters – Earthquakes/ Tsunamis/ Floods/ Volcanic Eruptions

-

1

*

*

*

-

TOTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUES

9

15

11

12

16

9

Shortage of Resources/ Consumption of Resources

1

2

1

*

1

1

Water Shortage/ Clean Water

1

1

1

*

1

1

Energy Crisis/ Fuel Shortage/ Need Renewable Energy Sources

1

1

*

*

-

*

TOTAL ENERGY/ RESOURCE ISSUES

2

3

2

1

1

2

Other

1

*

1

-

-

-

Can’t say

4

6

7

6

8

6

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