Child and youth voice research findings

Parliament Report - Survey of the NZ Public

AUTHOR: New Zealand Parliament 

This 2019 survey of around 1,200 people, including 200 16-18 yr olds, sought feedback on their views on parliament, understanding of how democracy works, and barriers and motivations to participating.

Key findings relating specifically to what young people said include:

  • More young people say they’d speak critically of Parliament( 22% vs 13% in 2018)
  • More think it’s old fashioned and formal (53% vs 38% in 2018)
  • Are less likely to believe Parliament is trustworthy (26% vs 38% in 2018)
  • More young people feel a sense of ownership of Parliament (19% vs 8% in 2018)
  • Are more committed to taking part in democratic processes in future 
  • Few 16 to 18 year olds say they know how to engage with Parliament (27%)
  • Fewer than before have a ‘good’ or ‘very good’ understanding of New Zealand Parliament and how it works (17% vs. 30% in 2018)

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