I had a go at TV NZ’s new Vote Compass:
It aims to provide a check of which party a participant is most likely to vote for.
The explanation of purpose says:
ONE News is hosting Vote Compass – an interactive online tool allowing voters to engage with public policy in a way they’ve never done before.
TVNZ’s Head of News and Current Affairs, John Gillespie, explains: “We want to help people connect with the issues that matter to them this election, and Vote Compass is a really empowering and engaging way to do that. It puts the power in voters’ hands, so they can get a clear picture of how their views match with the different parties.”
Once you’ve finished, Vote Compass compares your answers with the policy positions of the parties then displays your position on a grid, showing where you stand in the overall political landscape. If you wish, you can choose to share your results page on social media. Your results may surprise you!
ONE News will take this anonymous data as a snapshot, to identify the key policy issues that matter to New Zealand voters then report the findings as part of our overall election coverage.
ONE News also asked viewers on-air and online what issues they were interested in hearing more about in the lead up to the election. These responses have helped form some of the questions that make up the survey.
There are three main uses for the data that Vote Compass collects:
- Personal use – Vote Compass helps voters consider what’s right for them.
- ONE News coverage – we’ll use the data to inform our election coverage and help us deliver stories that are useful to viewers.
- Academic research – after the election, data will be made available to researchers.
I had a go at the survey. It really didn’t provide any revelations to me as to which party/ies I favour.
The programme a BIG fail for me, before I even started. There’s a box to select your electorate from a drop down list. It doesn’t have the new Auckland electorates of Kelston and Upper Harbour. It’s got the 2011 list of electorates.
At the end of the survey, it says that the Internet Party and the Conservative Party declined to participate. I’d be interested in their reasons.
It rates people scores on the dual axis of left-right economically and on social progressive/conservative scale.
The main reason I can see for doing it is that responses can influence the issues that TV One covers in the run up to the election. At the end of the survey you get to rate how important selected issues are for you. You rate the issues already pre-selected for the survey.
The Kelston and Upper Harbour electorates are now in the drop down list