Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | News Video | Crime | Employers | Housing | Immigration | Legal | Local Govt. | Maori | Welfare | Unions | Youth | Search

 

The Truth About Political Polls

PRESS STATEMENT
Monday 12 September 2005

For Immediate Release

The Truth About Political Polls

Manukau City Councillor Su'a William Sio, and Labour Party list candidate, is issuing a warning to voters about the deceptive use of polling results and questions whether some polls are genuine polls.

"What I'm seeing in some of these mainstream polls does not reflect the huge support Labour and Helen Clark is getting around Manukau. This is the largest Maori and Pacific Island population in the country and our people are strong Labour supporters, through and through. Yet, some of these polls aren't giving the true picture."

"Whoever is behind these so-called polls are attempting to manipulate public opinion. You just have to look at the recent dirty tricks played with the United Brethren and others. It was based on false and misleading information."

Su'a questions whether recent polls are, in fact, Push Polling, a political telemarketing technique that was known to be used in the USA election campaigns. "Those sorts of polling calls are not genuine polls aimed at researching voter preferences. Their primary goal is to get your vote through lies," says Su'a.

"The worse aspect is that they damage the reputation of a candidate with falsehoods. The caller feeds false information to the potential voter without revealing any source. That has to be damaging and unethical to the electoral process as a whole. "

The real intent is to "push" the voters away from a candidate and the party.

Here's how pushing polling has worked in the USA during political campaigns and may well be used here. The most well-known example of alleged use of push polls was in the 2000 United States Republican Party primaries.
George W. Bush's campaign was alleged to have used push polling to demolish Senator
John McCain's campaign.

In that campaign, voters in South Carolina reportedly were asked "Would you be more likely or less likely to vote for John McCain for president if you knew he had fathered an illegitimate black child?", an allegation that had no substance, but planted the idea of undisclosed allegations in the minds of thousands of voters. McCain and his wife had, in fact, adopted a Bangladeshi girl.

"I am encouraging everyone in Manukau City to show commonsense in your voting choices. Don't risk throwing away all that the Labour-led government has done for our communities and the next generation.

Tax cuts always come at a cost to services and to quality of life for all New Zealanders.

ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

a well

Wellness: Gordon Campbell On Ardern, Davos, And Wellbeing

The word “well-being” has a nice warm ring to it. So much so that the ‘wellbeing budget’ being touted by PM Jacinda Ardern at the rich folks’ club in Davos, Switzerland sounds more like a marketing slogan than an actual policy initiative.

Still, it is just as easy to forget that GDP – the common measure of how well an economy is performing – is also a marketing device. More>>

 

Gordon Campbell: On Why Shipping Is NZ’s New Trade Problem

So Jacinda Ardern and Theresa May have signed a piece of paper promising peace in our time when it comes to our trade with Britain... Brexit is not the only concern. More>>

ALSO:

Reshuffle: National Announces Spokesperson For Drug Reform

National Leader Simon Bridges has appointed Paula Bennett to the new position of Spokesperson for Drug Reform as the Government pushes ahead with its agenda of drug decriminalisation, to signal National’s commitment to holding them to account. More>>

ALSO:

KiwiBailed: KiwiBuild Head Officially Resigns

The head of Kiwibuild, Stephen Barclay has officially resigned from the role. In a statement issued on his behalf, it was announced that he would step down from today [Friday]. More>>

ALSO:

Welfare Stats: Rise In Hardship Numbers Shows Income Inadequacy

The latest Ministry of Social Development quarterly report show that a record number of people have received hardship assistance from work and income, with an additional 40,000 hardship payments made between September and December 2018, compared to the previous quarter of the same year... More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On MBIE’s Social Media Scam

Given the ambit of MBIE’s work, almost any form of social activity could qualify as being part of MBIE’s brief, so the privacy threats posed by this training programme are extensive. The current oversight safeguards seem threadbare to non-existent. More>>

ALSO:

JusTrade: New Campaign For A 21th Century Trade Agenda

‘Critique is no longer enough. If anything is to really change, we need to step away from the existing framework and take a first-principles approach to rethinking what will work for the 21st century.’ More>>

Earlier:

Gordon Campbell: Thompson + Clark Are The Tip Of The Iceberg

How can we tell where and how any lines are being drawn? Oversight is not exactly robust. If it were, Thompson + Clark would have been out of contention for state security work ten years ago. More>>

 
 
 
 
 

LATEST HEADLINES

  • PARLIAMENT
  • POLITICS
  • REGIONAL
 
 

InfoPages News Channels