Farrar posts a survey from Pete Hodgson from last year that he alleges amounts to the same kind of propaganda-dressed-as-surveying. Does it? well we can compare the questions:
From Hodgson: “some people say the Government is acting responsibly to the global economic downturn, others say thay are doing too little” – give your opinion between 1 (responsibly) and 5 (too little)
From National: “Budget 2010 clearly demonstrates National’s commitment to reform the welfare state, support people into work, and grow the affordable housing’ – agree, somewhat agree, disagree
They seem pretty different to me. And if you insist that they are the same, you’re surely positing that they are both misuses of taxpayer money, which doesn’t absolve National.
Marty called this push polling, Actually, I disagree. Push polling tends to be stronger and used to spread smears (McCain’s black baby is the classic).
No, this looks like a Farrar special to me, and his rapid response confirms it.
Farrar just can’t help himself. His questions are never neutral, they’re always slanted to give him the data that his clients want to see. It’s not an attempt to influence the public so much as an attempt by Farrar to curry favour. What we have here isn’t push polling. What we have here is bad polling from a bad pollster.
You might remember that it was Farrar’s dodgy polling that convinced National to run Melissa Lee as the candidate in Mt Albert in the first place. I guess Lee getting caught out with a dodgy ‘survey’ is just Farrar’s reverse midas touch striking again.