Why people didn’t vote

Stats NZ has some survey data on why people did not vote in 2008 and 2011. Major reasons are:

  • Disengaged 43% (+4%)
  • Perceived barrier 30% (nc)
  • Not registered 12% (+1%)

The proportions who did not vote are:

  • 21% of men and 19% of women
  • 42% of under 25s and 5% of over 65s
  • 17% of Europeans and 27% of Maori
  • 59% of recent migrants
  • 23% of those earning under $30,000

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