Kiwis relaxed on terror risk

According to a Horizon Research poll of 2044 adults, only 5 per cent of New Zealanders thought an attack on New Zealand soil was "extremely likely". Photo / File
According to a Horizon Research poll of 2044 adults, only 5 per cent of New Zealanders thought an attack on New Zealand soil was "extremely likely". Photo / File

Kiwis are pretty unflappable when it comes to terrorism.

According to a Horizon Research poll of 2044 adults, only five per cent of New Zealanders thought an attack on New Zealand soil was "extremely likely".

The poll, conducted in December after November's terrorist attacks in Paris, found eight per cent of Kiwis thought an attack was "extremely unlikely".

Most respondents to the survey, which had a margin of error of two per cent, said an attack was neither likely nor unlikely.

On a scale of one to 10, where one was extremely likely and 10 extremely unlikely, the average rating was 5.1.

Kiwis were more concerned about others, it seemed: 14 per cent were "very concerned" about a family member being hurt if an attack happened in New Zealand.

The average concern rating was 5.9 out of 10 for concern about family, and 12 per cent said they were not concerned at all.

The average rating for how safe New Zealanders felt in this country was 7.1.

Nine per cent of those surveyed believed that "New Zealand is less at risk of a terrorist attack than other countries" and 12 per cent (384,000 people) completely disagreed.

Maori and Indian New Zealanders were most concerned about a terrorist attack in New Zealand.

Meanwhile, a Gallup poll in the US found 19 per cent were very concerned that they, or a member of their family, might be hurt in a terrorist attack.

- NZ Herald

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