Where New Zealand First Voters go - ACT
“A Labour/ Alliance /Green government is unworkable,” said ACT Leader Hon Richard Prebble.
“ACT has called a press conference today to brief the media on what we believe will be the deciding issues.
“ACT’s polling is in line with the public polls, the centre right is neck and neck with the left. ACT is in third place. The Alliance is also gaining.
“Let me quote from our pollster Gene Ulm; ’Labour could be snatching defeat from the jaws of victory. Labour’s high negatives are impacting on the political environment, as voters become aware of the negative outcomes of a potential Labour government, they become (modestly) less negative about the current National government and the national state of affairs.’
“ACT is becoming the antidote to New Zealand First. It also shows that ACT’s tough crime positioning remains its most favourable message. “ “Our poller tells us that ACT is pulling its vote from Labour.
“All year Labour’s polling support has been inflated by traditional centre right voters angry with National saying they will vote Labour.
“Now that the campaign is in full flight, these centre right voters are realising that they can vote for a positive change by voting ACT.
“National in our polling is eight % higher than they were in September, a very credible performance.
“One of the most important indicators in our poll, is that in September 48% of New Zealanders thought that the Labour Party would form the next government and only 19 % the National Party. I am delighted to report today that half the people who thought that Labour would win in September currently hold that view. 23 % think Labour will form the next government and 21 % tip National. This is the single most important psychological issue in determining which way the voters including New Zealand First voters and undecided voters will move in the next two weeks.
“ACT believes that we can win the greatest number of New Zealand First voters. Mr Peters is correct that his voters are alienated by the two major parties. They do not like the Alliance socialism.
“New Zealand First voters like ACT’s policies in Truth in Sentencing, our call for fair, full and final treaty settlements and our stand for welfare reform to be a hand up not a hand out.
“ACT agrees with National that we should target the prospect of a Labour/ Alliance / Green coalition.
“Labour’s non-aggression pact with the Alliance is dishonest politics.
“ACT and National in a transparent way set out where we agree and where we have differences. We have showed this year that ACT and National can work together. Labour and the Alliance in contrast have never worked together. When Helen Clark says that the person she wants to be the Economic Minister is not truthful, how can they work together? I have some questions for Helen Clark. Will Sandra Lee be the Minister for Maori Affairs? How can you form a coalition with a party when you say their spending policies are not truthful?
“But I ask these questions to both Helen Clark and Jim Anderton. How can you form a government with Green MPs elected only because of a freak result in the Coromandel? Where is the electoral mandate for Sue Bradford and Nandor Tranezos to be governing New Zealand? Of course we all know that Sue Bradford’s militant unemployed workers union have taken over that party, put left wing extremists high on that party’s list and her ‘Rent a Mob,’ have taken over the Greens party.
“A Labour /Alliance /Green government is unworkable and will produce erratic policy, lurches to the left and instability.
“A party vote for ACT is not just a vote for positive change it is insurance against a Labour/Alliance/Green government,” said ACT leader Hon Richard Prebble.