Housing biggest concern
Housing is the biggest issue concerning New Zealanders, a survey by global market company Ipsos has found.
When asked to select from 20 issues, the top six issues facing New Zealanders were dominated by housing accessibility and affordability (selected by 41 per cent of people), followed by poverty and inequality (29 per cent) and healthcare (27 per cent).
Wealthier Kiwi households were more concerned about crime (mentioned by 26 per cent of those earning $100,000 or more), while poorer households were more concerned about healthcare (34 per cent of those earning less than $30,000).
After housing, Kiwi men were more concerned with crime (mentioned by 27 per cent), whereas women were more concerned with poverty and inequality (34 per cent).
Ipsos has been conducting a similar survey in Australia since 2010, and comparing results from across the Tasman reveals some interesting differences between the countries.
While housing issues are the biggest concern for New Zealanders, Australians are mostly concerned with healthcare, crime and living costs.
Australians are twice as concerned with the economy as New Zealanders. Ipsos New Zealand research director Jonathan Dodd said the results showed big generational differences amongst New Zealanders, with older people more concerned about healthcare and younger people much more concerned with the cost of living than their elders.
‘‘The huge concerns about housing are felt across all income groups – whether you’re rich or poor, housing is the big worry for New Zealanders.’’
The survey found that whether you’re rich or poor, housing is the big worry for New Zealanders.