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Over Half Of New Zealanders Feel That The Country Is In Decline And That Our Society Is Broken


Ipsos New Zealand’s inaugural participation in a global
study on populism reveals a pervasive sense of societal and
economic decline among New Zealanders.

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Ipsos New
Zealand’s inaugural participation in a global study on
populism reveals a pervasive sense of societal and economic
decline among New Zealanders. The Ipsos Populism Survey,
spanning 28 countries, found that 60% of Kiwis feel the
country is in decline, with 58% stating that our society is
broken – figures that align with the global
average.

The study, conducted in February 2024, also
shows a significant consensus among New Zealanders that the
system is rigged in favour of the rich and powerful, with
65% agreeing to this statement. The call for a strong leader
to balance the scales was supported by 66%, while 56% felt
experts were out of touch with everyday people’s
lives.

Interestingly, the study found that Māori were
more likely to agree with these sentiments, with over 80%
believing a strong leader is needed and 79% agreeing that
the economy is unjustly skewed towards the elite.

In
contrast to many international counterparts, New Zealanders
displayed a more positive view on immigration. Only 23%
believed that stopping immigration would strengthen the
country, compared to a global average of 43%. Furthermore,
New Zealand ranked sixth globally in support for increased
government spending on healthcare and public
safety.

Carin Hercock, Managing Director of Ipsos New
Zealand, said: “This is the first-time we have included
the voices of New Zealanders in the Ipsos global study.
While many of their views align with global averages, New
Zealanders are notably less anti-immigration – a
distinguishing factor in countries where populist support is
significant.”

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