Responsibility to Quantitatively Explore Gender, Age, and Ethnicity Variables: New Zealand 2008 Election Survey

By Christo I. Olatunji-Odeyemi.

Published by The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies

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The influence of gender, age, and ethnicity (demographic variables) during New Zealand (NZ) elections is yet to be fully understood (McPherson and Randow 2010). The significance of the distribution of these demographic variables as a suspect is not only an important research agenda, but also puzzling. However, what the 2008 survey really “lacks is any analysis based on comprehensive post-election survey data” (Vowles 2010: 173). This is more so given that a more systematic comparison of Labour’s votes loss as a total percentage would show the 1990 election as 13 percent of the electorate to 10 percent in 2008 (Vowles 2010: 169). Consequently, this study then tests the hypothesis that gender, age, and ethnicity partly dictated voters’ divergent behaviours and understanding of political issues during the 2008 NZ General Election. Thus, the question that explores this hypothesis and simultaneously forming the dependent variable is: among NZ Europeans, to what extent does gender, age and ethnicity influenced voters’ party affiliation, voting preferences, and good understanding of political issues during the 2008 election? From SPSS analysis, demographic variables seemingly have minimal influence on loyalties of voters. Although findings refuted the hypothesis, this study would serve as a source for future thematic research.

Keywords: Gender-Age-Ethnicity Variables, 2008 NZ Election Survey, Political Participation in NZ, Political Affiliation in NZ

The International Journal of Interdisciplinary Global Studies, Volume 9, Issue 1, March 2015, pp.1-20. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: March 5, 2015 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 797.683KB)).

Christo I. Olatunji-Odeyemi

Graduate Student, School of Social Inquiry, Victoria University, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia