A recent survey conducted by IPSOS shows New Zealanders are feeling more positive about the Labour-NZ First coalition government than they were the previous one.
The IPSOS survey showed that housing was the most pressing issue with 50% of those surveyed considering it to be an issue. Next was poverty (32%), then healthcare (31%), cost of living (26%) and crime (24%). Recipients were asked to select from a list of 20 issues the three most important issues facing the country.
There was also increased concern about the three major issues with concern for housing increasing to 50%, from 41%, poverty 32% up from 29%, and healthcare 31%, up from 27%.
Interestingly housing was much more important in New Zealand than in Australia. The figures were 50% in NZ (#1 issue) compared to 24% in Australia (#4 issue). Poverty was 32% in NZ (#2 issue) compared to 15% in Australia (#8 issue). The cost of living was 26% in NZ (#4 issue) compared to 35% in Australia (#1 issue). And the economy was 9% in NZ (#14 issue) compared to 22% in Australia (#5 issue).
And recipients thought that the current Labour-led government is considered to be doing a much better job than National was in July 2017. Labour scored a mean score of 5.4 out of a maximum possible score of 10, and National scored 4.9.
Labour is also viewed as the political party that is most capable of managing five of the top six issues facing New Zealand today, especially the issue of healthcare. At 41%, Labour’s ability to manage the issue of healthcare is 19 points ahead of National (22%).
Someone should tell the business sector and the result is in stark contrast to the doom and gloom they say exists. Although the veracity of their polling has been affected by some rather dodgy polling methods.