Kiwis perceive high political trust but low influence


Kiwis perceive high political trust but low
influence

26 January 2018

Thirty percent of the New
Zealand population rated their trust in parliament as high,
and a further 9 percent rated their trust very high, Stats
NZ said today.

On the other hand, 29 percent of people in
New Zealand rated their trust in parliament as low.

These
results come from the 2016 New Zealand General Social
Survey’s questions on political participation. The
two-yearly face-to-face survey asks about 8,000 people a
range of questions, including on voting, political
discussion, signing petitions, as well as perceptions of
trust and political influence.

In contrast to the results
on trust, about one-third of people in New Zealand feel they
can’t influence government decisions.

Twenty-five
percent rated the New Zealand public’s influence on
government decision-making as high, and 4 percent rated it
as very high.

Māori were more likely
to have low trust in parliament than the total population.
Nearly half of Māori (48 percent) rated their trust in
parliament as low compared with 31 percent of the total
population. Forty-seven percent of the Māori population
also felt that the public had little to no influence on
government decision making.

Women (86 percent) were more
likely to vote than men (83 percent) in the 2014 election. A
previous Stats NZ release on voting also showed that women
were likely to vote in the 2011 and 2008 elections.

“New
Zealand was the first country in the world in which women
had the right to vote in parliamentary elections, and we
celebrate that fact,” labour markets and household senior
manager Jason Attewell said. “Perhaps this is a reason why
women are consistently more likely to exercise their right
to vote than men.”

Most people overall follow politics
in the media (71 percent) or talk about their political
views with others (61 percent.) One-quarter of people in New
Zealand signed a petition, e-petition, or wrote a submission
in 2016.

For more information about these
statistics:
• Visit Voting and political
participation

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