4 March 2013

The Mood of the Nation report compiling the findings of UMR’s 2012 surveys suggests that levels of public confidence in New Zealand institutions have not changed substantially over the last year. Exceptions are the increase by 12% in respondents showing “a great deal” or “quite a lot” of confidence in the public health system (twice the level of 2001) and also in small business which continues to improve from a low point five years ago.

Police, general practitioners and primary schools maintain the top three positions.

The public service (unlikely to be seen by survey respondents as just the 29 departments) which rated equally with newspapers last year has dropped this year, now rating between newspapers and the media generally. However there was no change in the respect shown for public servants as an occupational group – remaining at 6.2. Nurses continue as the most respected, up marginally (to 8.7) and real estate agents as the least respected (at 4.2). The only lessening of respect was for teachers (down .1 to 7.9). They now share honours as the third most respected occupation with Police.

And as in previous years, of the 18 institutions assessed, there is least public confidence in Parliament, the church/organised religion, big business and the unions.

2013    Great deal of confidence in agency            (2012)
1             Police                                  70                                 (72) (1st)
2             GPs                                     69                                 (67) (2nd)
3             Primary schools                  64                                 (64) (3rd)
4             Universities                         59                                 (60) (5th)
5             Small business                    56                                (48) (8th)
6             Public health system           54                                (42) (10th)
7             Secondary schools              54                                (51)  (6th)
8            The military                          53                                (61) (4th)
9            TV news                               49                                (43) (9th)
10          Banks                                   48                                (49) (7th)
11          Courts                                  47                                 (39)  (11th)
12          Newspapers                        40                                 (34) (12th=)
13          Public service                      38                                 (34) (12th=)
14          Media generally                  32                                 (29) (14th
15          Big business                        32                                 (27) (16th=)
16          Parliament                           29                                 (25) (18th)17          Churches                             29                                 (28) (15th)
18          Unions                                  28                                 (27) (16th=

http://umr.co.nz/sites/umr/files/umr_mood_of_the_nation_2012_online.pdf  from page 34

 http://umr.co.nz/sites/umr/files/umr_mood_of_the_nation_2012.pdf

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