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Trust by Demographic Breakdown

In this section we highlight demographic differences that were either statistically significant in 2015 or that reflected demographic patterns.

Based on most recent experience of public sector services:

  • Trust among females is higher than males.
  • Those of NZ European, Asian and Other ethnicities have higher levels of trust than those of Māori and Pacific ethnicities.
  • Levels of trust within the 65+ age group is highest of any age group.
  • Those with a disability report lower levels of trust.

Based on perception of trust in public sector services:

  • Trust among females is lower than males.
  • Those of Asian ethnicity have higher levels of trust than for any other ethnic group, with those of Māori and Pacific ethnicities reporting the lowest levels.
  • Trust within the 65+ age group is higher than other age groups.
  • Those who reported having a disability had lower levels of trust.
  • Those with a personal income over $70k trust more than those who earn less.

Demographic results for perception of trust in private sector services were similar to results for public sector services.

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