One small bit of the darkness: respondents were asked a few quiz questions assessing how well they understand a few basics. Here's the set from 2008, including a new one on Treasury. Correct answers are in bold type.
|The term of Parliament is four years||19%||78%||3%|
|Enrolling as a voter in New Zealand is compulsory.||65%||30%||5%|
|It is not necessary to be a New Zealand Citizen|
to be eligible to vote in New Zealand
|Interest rates in New Zealand are set by the Treasury||42%||37%||22%|
|New Zealand is a member of the World Trade Organization||81%||2%||17%|
Maybe this answers Matt Nolan's question about why the #OWS folks protested outside of the wrong agency. They may simply confused about who is responsible for what.
88% of respondents agreed it is a citizen's duty to vote.
The 63% who did not know who sets interest rates in New Zealand ought to read Brennan's argument that those choosing to vote have a duty to vote well.