July 19, 2021
Housing top of mind for New Zealanders
More than half of New Zealander's rate housing as a top issue in society – and 54 per cent of Māori tenants say it’s something that affects them personally.
That’s one of the findings of the latest Ipsos New Zealand Issues Monitor, which asked just over 1000 New Zealanders to pick the most important issues facing the country and to rate the ability of the country’s political parties to best manage these issues.
Coming behind housing on 53 per cent were healthcare and the cost of living, both on 27 per cent.
Housing was a bigger concern among younger people than those over 50, and it affected 49 per cent of Aucklanders.
The rating of government performance remains higher than pre-pandemic levels, with Labour perceived as the most capable of handling the majority of the issues facing New Zealanders – with the exception of issues facing Māori where the Māori Party is preferred.
A similar survey across the Tasman found housing the fourth most significant issue at 22 per cent, with healthcare topping the list at 38 per cent.
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