With only a couple of days left in 2010 the Herald has released its latest digipoll showing a slight closing of the gap between National and Labour. But that’s not the interesting part.
What is interesting is the preferred Prime Minister polling. As usual it has Key right out front and Goff languishing in the single figures but it also does lists the don’t know/won’t say section and it’s a whopping 24.6%.
That’s right, nearly a quarter of people polled didn’t know who they wanted as PM or wouldn’t say.
Unfortunately the don’t know/won’t say figure for the main question hasn’t been published which is a real shame because when you’ve got a poorly performing government and a poorly performing opposition that figure becomes very important.
For example we don’t know how many people have abandoned National but don’t feel like they have anywhere to go. If, like in the preferred PM numbers, it’s a quarter of people polled then the “National could govern alone” meme is clearly disingenuous.
It seems to me that no poll can be taken seriously without the DK/WS figures being included. Especially in a political climate where the disenchanted swing voter is so critical to the result.