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Optimism, the magic booking factor, flourishes in NZ

December 6, 2017 Headline News No Comments Email Email

Optimism is a key factor in booking travel and New Zealand seems to have a lot more of it than Australia at the moment, according to surveys conducted in both countries by Roy Morgan.

A special Roy Morgan New Zealand SMS Survey taken in mid-November showed 53% of New Zealanders think 2018 will be better than 2017, compared to only 26% that say 2018 will be worse. A further 21% expect 2018 will be “the same” as 2017.

New Zealanders are far more optimistic about 2018 than their Australian counterparts. Only 31% of Australians expect 2018 to be “better” than 2017.

The 53% of New Zealanders saying 2018 will be better than 2017 is lower than the last time this survey was conducted in 2009 (when a http://www.lagunaphuket.com/events/event.php?event=3record high 73% of New Zealanders expected a better year following a sharp recession in NZ). Even so, Kiwis are still a lot more optimistic about the coming year than Aussies.

Driving the positive result are supporters of new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and the Labour-NZ First-Greens Government she leads. 74% of Labour supporters, 67% of NZ First supporters and an even higher 82% of Greens supporters expect 2018 will be “better” than 2017 compared to only 30% of National supporters.

In contrast to Australia, it is women in New Zealand who are more optimistic than men, with 58% of women expecting a “better” 2018 than 2017 compared to 48% of men.

Commenting on the findings, Roy Morgan Research chief executive Michele Levine attributed the positive sentiment to the recent election victory of New Zealand’s new Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern.

“It is supporters of the new Labour-New Zealand First-Greens Government that have a very optimistic view of next year with 74% of Labour supporters, 67% of New Zealand First supporters and 82% of Greens supporters saying 2018 will be “better” than 2017 compared to only 30% of National supporters,” Levine said.

“In addition, a striking majority of 58% of women believe 2018 will be better than 2017 compared to 48% of men while a majority of all age groups under 65 also believe 2018 will be better than 2017 – including 58% of 18-24 year olds, 56% of 25-34 year olds and 57% of 35-49 year olds.

“Comparing sentiment in New Zealand to their counterparts across the Tasman in Australia shows New Zealanders are far more optimistic than Australians – only 31% of Australians say 2018 will be better than 2017, a record low result for the survey first conducted in 1980.”

Unlike New Zealanders, Australians have had to put up with the long-running “dual national” fiasco disqualifying many of their politicians, including deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, from office. New Zealand has no problem with dual nationals in government. Neither does Britain, Canada, the US or pretty much any other country.

Edited by Peter Needham

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