Stat of the Week Winner: March 7 – 13 2015
Thanks to Graeme Edgeler for winning our latest Stat of the Week competition and for his excellent explanation:
Statistic: “Māori adults have the highest levels of trust in the police, the health system & the courts. The lowest in the media”
Source: Tweet from Stats NZ
The statistic is written in a way that suggests Māori adults have the highest level of trust in the police etc., that is higher levels of trust than anyone else has in the police.
What the report actually shows is that the police etc. are the institutions in which Māori adults place the most trust as among institutions. It says nothing about whether Māori adults have more trust in them than anyone else. Anyone reading the tweet would think they did, but that was not even assessed.
It should be stat of the week, because, even if its not the most egregious stat this week, that fact that it is from Statistics New Zealand makes it worse.