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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

22/06/17 - Trust and Confidence in Members of Parliament on the increase

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With the election later this year, we decided it would be a good time to repeat a poll to measure the level of trust and confidence that New Zealanders have in their parliamentary representatives compared with a range of other professions and occupations. The poll was conducted between 17 May and 10 June 2017.

Relatively few New Zealanders have trust and confidence in Members of Parliament (28 percent), on par with journalists (27 percent). In contrast, those in medical and emergency professions such as the Fire Service and the Ambulance Service have the trust and confidence of the large majority of people (95 percent, and 94 percent respectively).

However, when compared with the results of the same poll in 2013, significantly more New Zealanders now have trust and confidence in Members of Parliament (28% compared with 18% in 2013).

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