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Participants were 18,236 people who completed the relevant items in the NZAVS Time 5 NZAVS questionnaire during the October 2013-October 2014 period.
However, because the 1987 NZAVS question was slightly different to that asked in the other surveys, it is difficult to tell whether the significant drop between 1987 and 1990 was due to data inconsistencies or changed perceptions about the role (or ability) of government in ensuring decent work.
Indeed, the NZAVS 1987 found, asking a slightly different question, that 68% of respondents supported decent living standards for the unemployed, suggesting that support returned to a 'normal' (and high) level after brief dips in 1990 and 2002.
Locally, research using NZAVS data has supported these international findings, and a couple of papers have focused specifically on personality and vote choice (Greaves, Osborne, & Sibley, 2015; Osborne & Sibley, 2012).
We analysed data from 676 participants who completed the NZAVS Maori Focus (426 women, 250 men) and provided complete data for the measures we analysed here.
The questionnaire administered to the NZAVS Maori booster sample was similar in format and content to the standard NZAVS questionnaire, except it included questions specifically designed for Maori, and the cover letter introduced the survey as a "The NZAVS--Maori Identity Focus Questionnaire." The lead researcher and point of contact for this sample frame was of Maori descent, and was introduced to participants in the cover letter by listing iwi affiliations.
A total of 3,208 participants registered an initial expression of interest in being contacted to participate in the NZAVS via this survey.
The NZAVS Maori Focus questionnaire contained responses from 632 participants (398 Female, 234 Male) who identified as Maori and/or having Maori ancestry.
The NZAVS is supported by a Templeton World Charity Foundation Grant (ID: 0077).
With regard to age, the NZAVS tended to undersample younger people in their 20s, oversample those in their 50s, and then under-sample those aged 75 and over.
Sibley and Pirie (2013) previously documented standard demographic differences in Big-Six personality in New Zealand using Time 1 NZAVS data.
The NZAVS also measured perceived environmental efficacy using two items (Sharma, 2008): "By taking personal action I believe I can make a positive difference to environmental problems", and "I feel I can make a difference to the state of the environment." These items were rated on a scale from 1 (strongly disagree) to 7 (strongly agree).
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