First, note the Parliamentary crest. These are your tax dollars at work. Probably the Nats using up the last of their taxpayer budget before the end of the fiscal year.
Second, this generic wording with a few changes relating to Lee and Mt Albert. So, I’m guessing this has been sent out around the country – if you’ve received something we’d be keen to see it.
Third, this is personally addressed and professionally delivered. This isn’t a cheap mail drop of generic material by volunteers. It was expensive. It would be interesting to know if this was a targeted drop based on what National’s databases tell them are the soft Nat/Lab voters or if it’s broader.
Note, the personal addressing means that National will use any reply you send to add to their dataset on you and use that information for electioneering.
Fourth, look at the questions. When you’re doing a real survey you have to be very careful that your questions don’t bias the answers. You don’t get useful information from a slanted questionnaire.
So, you don’t ask “Budget 2010 clearly demonstrates National’s commitment to reform the welfare state, support people into work, and grow the affordable housing” or “Budget 2010 is firmly focused on lifting economic growth to create jobs, boost incomes, raise living standards, and provide world-class public services to help Kiwi families get ahead” if you’re really interested in the answers. This is push polling.
It’s not an attempt to gather our opinions to inform their policies. It’s a cynical attempt to influence our views while pretending to care what we think. It’s National propaganda masquerading as consultation. And they’re using our money to fund it.Thanks, Melissa. You’ve dumped your party in it again.