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


Sykes: There's Only One Poll That Counts

There's Only One Poll That Counts

MANA Movement Candidate for Waiariki Annette Sykes

Tuesday 2nd September

“One of the oldest sayings in politics is that there is only one poll that counts – the one on Election Day – and that’s the one that I am focusing on” remarked the MANA Movement candidate for Waiariki, Annette Sykes. “The days of landline polls are over. They do in no way, shape, or form, accurately reflect the mood of Maori electorates. In Waiariki there over 30% of voters according to the 2013 Census who do not have access to a landline. If you need proof that landline polls are inaccurate, you only need to look at the one conducted for Te Tai Tonga at the last election. More and more Maori are using cell phones instead of landlines”.

“We’ve commissioned our own professional poll from an independent company that used both landlines and online questionnaires and it provided a very different picture; that there’s not much between myself and Te Ururoa and that support for Te Ururoa has gone down. The most recent poll began in July – that’s two months ago - before Dirty Politics was published and before the saga that has seen the ethics of the current government questioned to the point of implying corruption at the highest level. The response from our door knock has been resounding – our people want a change in government and are sick and tired of having to endure scandal after scandal”.

“As I said at the start, there is only one poll that counts. I know that poll will tell a very different story”.


© Scoop Media

Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines



Key In NY: Prime Minister Addresses United Nations

Prime Minister John Key has addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York, focusing on a call for action in Syria and on other conflicts, reform of the veto process and on the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. More>>.


Gordon Campbell: On The Lack Of Accountability Over Philip Smith

In New Zealand, accountability is an exotic creature rarely glimpsed at ministerial level, or among senior management. The flight to Rio by the paedophile /murderer Philip John Smith/Traynor is no exception. More>>


More On Corrections

Gordon Campbell: On Putin’s Diplomatic Coup Over Syria

There’s a simple historical precedent for what is occurring in Syria. During WWII, the Allies joined forces with a known butcher and tyrant – Joseph Stalin of the Soviet Union – in order to defeat a greater evil, Nazi Germany… More>>


Key 'Didn't Know': Brownlee Seeks Pandas In China

While Defence Minister Gerry Brownlee is in China pushing a taxpayer funded deal to bring two pandas to New Zealand, the country’s military look set to be hit with a pay freeze, Opposition Leader Andrew Little says. More>>


Scoop Business: GCSB Willing To Extend Cyber-Attack Programme To Local ISPs

The Government Communications Security Bureau’s ‘Cortex’ cyber-security programme has been successful in helping identify and mitigate a series of cyber attacks since its introduction and an extension to cover local internet service providers is still on the cards... More>>


Gordon Campbell: On The Chris Brown Furore

Thank goodness Dame Tariana Turia has been able to inject a bit of common sense into the Chris Brown visa issue – her argument being that forgiveness has a place in this decision, and there is an opportunity here that should be taken... More>>


Get More From Scoop



Search Scoop  
Powered by Vodafone
NZ independent news