Latest Poll Almost Certainly A Mistake
4 September 2005
Latest Poll Almost Certainly A
The latest Colmar Brunton poll, showing National
eight points ahead of Labour, is almost certainly wrong
according to Labour's campaign spokesman Pete Hodgson.
"Polls are reported with a margin of error based on a 95
per cent confidence level. That means 19 out of every 20
polls are accurate within the margin of error. It also means
that one poll in 20 records findings outside the margin of
error," said Pete Hodgson.
"This poll sits well outside
the findings of many polls over the past few days or weeks
and is therefore almost certainly a mistake rather than a
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On The Last Rites For The TPP
The Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal is one of those litmus issues that has always had more to do with one’s place on the political spectrum than with any imminent reality.
To date, the Greens have opposed (a) a wide range of the leaked content of the TPP (b) the secretive way it has been negotiated and (c) the undemocratic way in which any final document would be ratified. Labour has shared some of those concerns, but while remaining generally supportive of the deal itself.
National has, for its part, been very enthusiastic about the TPP, while still giving assurances about Pharmac being protected... For the TPP’s friends and foes alike though, the end now seems nigh. More>>