10 Mar 2010

Maori gloomier about economic circumstances

2:44 pm on 10 March 2010

Maori are twice as negative about their current economic circumstances as the population as a whole, a survey suggests.

A first time nationwide survey of 100 people by the UMR research group found Maori had a negative 36 rating compared with the overall rating of negative 18.

The survey was conducted in the last week of February, with respondents questioned about the national economy, personal finances and whether it was a good time to buy goods.

Executive director Tim Grafton says the difference comes down to income, and as more Maori are lower income they feel twice as negative as the total population.