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Election and Democracy
New Zealand
Voter turnout in the national election79.8% (June 2019 or latest)
[9/36countries]
% of those who think that giving people more say is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech25.4% (2010)
[13/25countries]
% of those who think that protecting freedom of speech is the most important aim of the country out of maintaining national order/ giving people more say/ fighting rising prices/ protecting freedom of speech9.0% (2010)
[19/25countries]
Politician
New Zealand
Number of total seats in the Parliament120 (2017)
[31/36countries]
Number of total seats in the Parliament per 1 million population25.57 (2017)
[17/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives120 (2017)
[29/36countries]
Number of seats in the House of Representatives per 1 million population25.57 (2017)
[14/36countries]
% of seats held by women in national parliaments38.3% (2017)
[8/36countries]
Women in ministerial positions (% of all ministers)37.0% (2017)
[11/35countries]
% of those who think that most politicians are in politics only for what they can get out of it personally37.1% (2010)
[22/25countries]
% of those who think that many politicians are involved in corruption14.2% (2016)
[22/25countries]
Political party and organization
New Zealand
% of those who think that people who vote for the party/the parties in government have the most influence on the actions of the government15.1% (2016)
[8/25countries]
Parliament
New Zealand
% of those who have confidence in parliament51.3% (2008)
[17/30countries]
% of those who think that MPs try to keep the promises they have made during the election33.1% (2016)
[4/25countries]
Political awareness
New Zealand
% of those who think that they understand political issues of the country63.9% (2016)
[4/25countries]
% of those who think that ordinary citizens have no political voice48.1% (2016)
[19/25countries]
Political action
New Zealand
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise public meetings to protest against the government93.0% (2016)
[5/25countries]
% of those who think that it should be allowed to organise protest marches and demonstrations86.0% (2016)
[10/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to hold public meetings66.6% (2016)
[7/25countries]
% of those who think that people who want to overthrow the government by revolution should be allowed to publish books expressing their views73.4% (2016)
[8/25countries]
Government
New Zealand
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in national government 63.9% (2010)
[2/34countries]
Public officials
New Zealand
% of those who trust in civil servants36.9% (2016)
[5/25countries]
% of those who think that many public officials are involved in corruption12.3% (2016)
[22/25countries]
% of those who say that they or their family have never come across a public official who hinted/ wanted a bribe in the last five years89.6% (2016)
[5/25countries]
Public finance
New Zealand
General government expenditure, % of GDP39.5% (2015)
[25/35countries]
General government revenue, % of GDP39.5% (2015)
[21/35countries]
General government fiscal balance, % of GDP0.0% (2015)
[9/36countries]
% of those who are in favour of cuts in government spending47.4% (2016)
[20/25countries]
Tax
New Zealand
Value Added Tax/ General Sales Tax - Rates15.0% (2015)
[28/33countries]
Corporate income tax rate (central + sub-central)28.00% (2018)
[9/36countries]
Ease of paying taxes (world rank)11 (2016)
[4/36countries]
Profit tax (% of proft)30.4% (2010)
[1/36countries]
Labor tax and contributions (% of proft)3.0% (2010)
[36/36countries]
Total tax rate (% of proft)34.3% (2010)
[27/36countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too high for those with high incomes15.0% (2016)
[17/25countries]
% of those who think that taxes are too low for those with high incomes50.0% (2016)
[17/25countries]
% of those who think that people with high incomes should pay a larger % of their income in taxes than those with low incomes57.7% (2009)
[28/28countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often make sure people pay their taxes79.2% (2016)
[9/25countries]
% of those who think that the tax authorities always/ often treat everyone in accordance with the law, regardless of their contacts or position in society64.3% (2016)
[6/25countries]
Social security
New Zealand
Public social expenditure (% of GDP)19.3% (2013)
[22/34countries]
% of those who would like to see more government spending in old age pensions44.9% (2016)
[23/25countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing a decent standard of living for the old96.3% (2016)
[11/25countries]
% of those who think that the government is successful in the provision of decent life for the old48.0% (2016)
[3/15countries]
% of those who think that the government should primarily provide care for older people71.1% (2016)
[14/25countries]
% of those who think that private companies should primarily provide care for older people8.8% (2016)
[6/25countries]
% of those who think that family, relatives or friends should primarily provide care for older people11.1% (2016)
[14/25countries]
Maternal leave benefits (% of wages)100 (2009)
[1/34countries]
% of those who think that poverty is the most important issue for their country3.6% (2010)
[20/25countries]
% of those who think that the government should spend less on benefits for the poor21.6% (2009)
[3/28countries]
% of those who agree that the government is responsible for providing decent housing for those who can't afford it79.5% (2016)
[13/25countries]
Law and Justice
New Zealand
% of those who think that it is worse to convict an innocent person than to let a guilty person go free72.0% (2016)
[18/25countries]
% of those who follow conscience rather than law on occasions (2 choices)67.6% (2016)
[3/25countries]
% of respondents reporting high levels of trust in judicial system and courts55.2% (2010)
[17/34countries]
% of those who have confidence in the justice system (5 choices)64.5% (2008)
[18/30countries]