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Version: 3.0

Update Date: 7 December 2021

DOI: 10.26193/QX5EUT

The study aimed to investigate the political attitudes of New Zealand voters with regard to both the 1981 general election and the wider context of general New Zealand politics. The survey was designed to provide data for comparative research with Australia. Topics investigated were voting behaviour; party identification; past voting behaviour; interest in politics; ideological self-placement; satisfaction with government and politics; thermometer ratings of leaders, parties and local candidates; attitude to political leaders; membership of and activity within political parties; likes/dislikes about the major political parties; knowledge of locally elected MP; and election issues. Background variables included age, sex, parents’ party preferences, own education, occupation, marital status, religion and religiosity, birthplace, self-ranking as to social class, and income.