NZPA reports on a new poll from UMR which shows Kiwis don’t want to dump MMP for a less proportional electoral system.
The survey used the proposed wording of the referendum and found 48 percent in favour of keeping MMP and only 40 percent in favour of changing the system.
Interestingly, when people were told the referendum was going to cost $20 million, 60% said they didn’t think we should have it.
Of the minority who do favour dumping MMP, nearly half either don’t know what they’d replace it with or simply don’t have enough understanding of the issues to make a choice. Of those who do have an opinion support is scattered all over the place, with 29 percent supporting FPP, 20 percent STV and 9 percent SM.
The fact is most Kiwis are happy with MMP, and I think as the referendum nears it’ll become clear that the gripes you usually hear are often based on either a misunderstanding about how it works or a lack of forethought about what the alternatives are.
The only coherent critique of MMP I’ve seen has come from people like former Telecom chairman Peter Shirtcliffe, who resents MMP because it means he and his rich mates have to actually win majority support for their self-serving economic agenda.
For him the golden years were the early 90s, when the Nats could privatise assets and write the unions out of legislation with only 35% of the popular vote. Before proportional representation went and ruined it all.
It’s for people like Shirtcliffe that Key’s running this thing.