An independent poll. Released yesterday. Wow, that will surely shut up the doubters who questioned the honesty of ACT running radio ads saying Hide was ahead in Epsom polling when the only independent Epsom polling showed him way behind.
But this latest poll is independent, isn't it? Um, no, it isn't. As the press release by polling company Roy Morgan says, "The survey was conducted on behalf of Awesome Kiwi." Who's Awesome Kiwi? Check their site, and you find the Managing Director is one Dr Simon Ewing-Jarvie. Who's he? That's him up there on the right. And look, he's the ACT candidate for Otaki!
Independent poll my arse! So the last truly independent Epsom poll actually shows Hide trailing Worth by 14 points.
[UPDATE 1: NBR have also missed this connection, as Andrew points out below. Aaron points out some others. Says NBR about this poll:
Criticism was leveled at an earlier poll with similar results because of historical ties between the pollster and the Act party. In that case, deference went to other polls that showed Mr Hide well behind..." .][UPDATE 2: Deleted.]
[UPDATE 3: It's been pointed out to me that Simon Ewing-Jarvie issued a press release on his own behalf yesterday afternoon under the name of Awesome Kiwi, in which he pointed out he is an ACT list candidate. Kudos to him for that, and thanks to anonymous for the link. I withdraw, amend as necessary, and apologise as appropriate.]