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Over one-half of adult New Zealanders believe New Zealand’s record on gender equality is ‘better’ than most other Western countries (55 percent)

In a poll completed in June 2015, by telephone, with a representative sample of adult New Zealanders, 18 years and more, we found that most adult New Zealanders believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in the health system (72 percent believe they are ‘treated equally’) and in the education system (68 percent), but the level of equality is perceived to be very different in other settings. For example, about one-half believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in the courts and the justice system generally (59 percent), in social settings (57 percent) and in government policies and programmes (54 percent).

However, the most pronounced differences are in relation to the workplace and in business:

  • While 46 percent believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in the workplace; 45 percent believe men are treated ‘more favourably’ compared to four percent who believe women are treated ‘more favourably’.


  • While 32 percent believe men and women are ‘treated equally’ in business; 62 percent believe men are treated ‘more favourably’ compared to two percent who believe women are treated ‘more favourably’.

Despite these and other results, over one-half of adult New Zealanders believe New Zealand’s record on gender equality is ‘better’ than most other Western countries (55 percent).

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Latest media release

13/09/17 - Party leaders take position on euthanasia: What does the public think?

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In a recent poll 72% of New Zealanders stated they agreed "if a person had a painful, incurable disease doctors should be allowed by law to end the patient's life, if the patient requests it". In comparison, 19% disagreed, 6% did not know, and 3% didn't care.

The poll was conducted between 17 May and 10 June 2017 with a nationally representative sample of 500 adult New Zealanders. The same poll was previously conducted in October 2016 and in June/July 2015. The proportion agreeing is not statistically different across these three polls.

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