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Young Kiwi voters still undecided: survey

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 3/05/2017

Most young Kiwis intend to have their say in September's general election but parties will have to fight to win their vote, a new survey has found.

The Research Association New Zealand survey found three quarters of 18-to-25-year-olds intended to cast a ballot but nearly 60 per cent were undecided on who to vote for.

RANZ chief executive Robert Bree said the survey helped give an idea of what young voters were thinking in this "post-Trump, post-Brexit era" and the need to connect with them.

"What is concerning for all parties is the 25 per cent of young voters who intend not to vote or don't know whether they will vote," he says.

"It is important that the political parties and the media do their best to provide quality information to voters so they can make informed decisions about our nation's future."

The study surveyed 669 young Kiwis living across New Zealand, who reflected the nation's gender and ethnic make-up.

It found 78 per cent of females and 72 per cent of males intended to vote, with 16 per cent of respondents unsure whether they would vote and nine per cent intending not to vote.

Wellingtonians were most likely to vote, with 82 per cent saying they would cast a ballot, followed by Aucklanders on 72 per cent.

South Islanders outside Christchurch were least likely, with 17 per cent saying they did not intend to vote.

Of those intending to vote, Aucklanders were most likely to have made up their minds with 46 per cent having selected a party to support.

Christchurch residents were the most undecided with only 27 per cent of those intending to cast a ballot having decided who to vote for.

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