NZ General Social Survey 2014

has released results from the General Social Survey they do every two years. They show that for most NZ families, things are better than in 2008. Some comparisons:

  • Families who say they have enough money have gone from 51.3% in 2008 to 62.8% in 2014
  • Families who say they do not have enough money have gone from 15.4% in 2008 to 12.2% in 2014
  • Families who say just have enough money have gone from 33.3% in 2008 to 25.0% in 2014
  • The proportion feeling safe walking home at night has gone from 51.5% in 2008 to 60.9% in 2014

Some other interesting data:

  • 82.6% rate their overall life satisfaction as 7/10 or higher
  • 70.5% of unemployed rate their overall life satisfaction at 7/10 or higher
  • 73.0% of families with income under $30,000 rate their overall life satisfaction at 7/10 or higher
  • Only 24.6% of families with income under $30,000 say they do not have enough money to meet everyday needs
  • Recent migrants are happier with 88.3% saying they rate their overall life satisfaction as 7/10 or higher
  • Those rating life satisfaction as 7/10 or better are Maori 77.9%, Pasifika 78.1%, Asians 81.5% and Europeans 84.1%
  • 86.4% say they are in good or better health

In terms of being comfortable with a new neighbour who is different to them:

  • 76.4% comfortable with new migrant
  • 76.0% comfortable with different religion
  • 75.1% comfortable with GLBT neighbour
  • 74.8% comfortable with different ethnicity
  • 51.7% comfortable with mentally ill neighbour

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