The Ipsos New Zealand Issues Monitor asked 1,000 New Zealanders to select, from a list of 20, the three most important issues facing the country and the ability of the country’s political parties to best manage these issues. The New Zealand Issues Monitor has been running since February 2018, and this month we find that:
- The Labour-led coalition government’s performance retains a high rating in September 2020 (7.2 out of 10). There was a significant increase in May 2020 (7.6) from the pre-COVID wave in March 2020 (5.8).
- The Labour party is perceived as being the most capable of handling 18 out of the 20 issues facing New Zealanders.
- The majority (72%) of New Zealanders believe that we should keep our borders closed. However, this has been declining since the level 4 lockdown in March / April (87%).
- 77% of New Zealanders agree that they would get a COVID-19 vaccine should it become available.