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Recent poll on Chinese-NZ residents, including EOLC opinion

28 Aug 2020 10:07 AM | Philip Patston (Administrator)

Paul Spoonley - WikipediaProfessor Paul Spoonley from Massey University has a theory.

"I suspect what's happening is that it's a report card on how well the government has done up to this point but the Chinese voters are thinking about the future and what needs to happen next so that's why they're very focused on things that will stimulate the economy and which will address their concern."

He said all parties have done little to canvass the vote of minorities living in New Zealand.

"I think one of the things that surprise me a little bit is how little the major political parties are thinking of the immigrant, minority and ethnic vote. I would have expected to see more of a pitch in terms of candidates and policies which address the concerns of these communities."

The survey also asked Chinese New Zealanders about the two upcoming referendums and found fairly definite trends.

Almost 84 percent say they support the End of Life Choice Act, but just over 82 percent say they are against cannabis legalisation.

The survey also shows Chinese voter turnout rate is at 78 percent, largely in line with the national average of 79 percent.

Dr Andrew Zhu, director of Trace Research, which conducted the survey, said information from the poll might help political parities shape their future policies.

"The purpose of this poll is to encourage Chinese voters to care about their democratic rights and engagement with the upcoming general election and also that could help Chinese perceptions be better understood by wider communities of New Zealand."

Data were collected between 3-16 August through email and social media platforms and covers ethnic Chinese who were born in New Zealand and those from mainland China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.

The margin of error is +/- 2.64 at the 95 percent confidence level.

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