A 1 NEWS Vote Compass report based on 175,689 respondents suggests almost half do not support compulsory Te Reo Maori in schools, while just over a third do support it.
The report posed the statement: "All children in New Zealand should have to learn Maori language in school" and asked them to choose their response: strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, neutral, somewhat agree or strongly agree.
The data shows 47 per cent of respondents either strongly disagreed or somewhat disagreed with compulsory te reo in school, while 37 per cent strongly or somewhat agreed - 16 per cent were neutral.
Broken down by vote intention, Maori Party voters were the most likely to agree while Act Party voters largely disagreed strongly.
Females respondents were more like to support compulsory te reo than males, and generally the older the respondent the less they agreed with it.
Those with higher levels of education were more likely to agree with compulsory te reo, and generally those with right-wing political ideas disagreed while those on the left supported it.
People from the South Island were slightly more inclined to disagree than those living on the North Island.
It is currently Te Wiki o Te Reo Maori - Maori Language Week.
About the methodology of the survey:
"Developed by a team of social and statistical scientists from Vox Pop Labs, Vote Compass is a civic engagement application offered in New Zealand exclusively by TVNZ. The findings are based on 175,689 respondents who participated in Vote Compass from August 20, 2017 to September 08, 2017. Unlike online opinion polls, respondents to Vote Compass are not pre-selected. Similar to opinion polls, however, the data are a non-random sample from the population and have been weighted in order to approximate a representative sample. Vote Compass data have been weighted by gender, age, education, religion, occupation, and Mãori descent to ensure the sample’s composition reflects that of the actual population of New Zealand according to census data and other population estimates."
Statement: "All children in New Zealand should have to learn Maori language in school"
From left: Strongly disagree, somewhat disagree, neutral, somewhat agree, strongly agree