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It has a small sample (500 voters) and is probably overly optimistic but a poll in the morning’s Herald has Labour on 40% although National is on 48%. The Greens were said to be on 8% and no other parties were close to the 5% threshold. Participants were asked how the asset sale policy affected their vote and 37 per cent said they would be much less likely to vote for National because of it.
And meanwhile John Key was in his inventing shit up mode and justified the Green’s poster which is above. He is quoted as saying:
Three in four New Zealanders said no, we don’t agree with Labour and the Greens … I genuinely think Labour and the Greens will be very disappointed … I think it will be a dismal failure from their point of view.”
Only on planet Key could a referendum result where two thirds voted against the Government policy could be interpreted as three quarters of New Zealanders saying that they support it.
The “three in four” figure requires Crosby Textor type stretching of the truth. It implies that there are 3.6 million people on the electoral roll but there are only 3,037,405 electors. Key obviously needs help with his maths.
The day before Key called the poll a political stunt. It is galling that the Prime Minister of this country should call the exercise of a democratic choice by nearly half of eligible voters a “political stunt”.
And the sale of Genesis next year was confirmed although Bill English added the rider “subject to market conditions”. With the share prices of Mighty River Power and Meridian having declined to below their listed prices you have to wonder if the market even wants a further power company share float.