Thursday, July 31, 2008

"Undecided" are the third most popular

Many people consider the election is already over. At the same time, most polls are reported without the number of undecided voters`mentioned (Galt knows why, since the number is always significant).

Checking the figures for the most recent poll, the Herald's Digipoll gives the point some context -- 110 of the 770 people polled were either undecided, or would prefer "none of the above."  Here's the 770 responses in order, with the "undecided" group ranking third:

366 National
203 Labour
110 undecided
36   Greens
27   NZ First
17   Maori
6    United
1    Act

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15 Comments:

Blogger Ruth said...

Most undecided simply won't vote. Non-voters have won every election in the US, at least, for years.

And the election *is* over - it's going to be a rout. Key is a brilliant strategist - he has robbed Labour of all their potentially powerful points of contrast. A painful thought for those on the libertarian right though that may be.

And all this 'no policy' stuff is barking up the wrong tree as well. A huge number of voters think a politician with no policy is a beautiful thing. People aren't as dumb as you think - and Key certainly would not have gone from poverty to rich list by being brainless or whatever you call him, and by not thinking outside the square.

Now I want to see him finish Rodney Hide off.

7/31/2008 10:20:00 am  
Anonymous LGM said...

...and what will the "brilliance strategist" achieve in the end? Other than "finishing Rodney Hide off" (likely the rest of the country as well) nothing much will the hollow ones alter. They want power but for what?

LGM

7/31/2008 10:34:00 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

LGM,

How dare you question John Keys divine right to rule! Pope Ruth has ordained his succession. And we all know the infallibility of the Pope.

7/31/2008 10:49:00 am  
Anonymous B Whitehead said...

Thats a lot of potential voters, if only I could find them...

7/31/2008 12:32:00 pm  
Anonymous Sus said...

"Key is a brilliant strategist - he has robbed Labour of all their potentially powerful points of contrast."

Which is another way of saying he has little, if any, point of real difference.

So why vote for him?

7/31/2008 01:17:00 pm  
Blogger Ruth said...

You tell me Sus.

It's like those who say they are disillusioned with Obama over the FISA bill and thus they will be voting McCain. It's so ridiculous it makes my head hurt.

Tell me why many of us find neither candidate attractive yet are not considering voting third party.

It's because you suck at this gig.

That Darnton guy is excellent - he is humorous, he doesn't get his hate on with Maori and 'poor' people - at least not in public- he's not elitist, and he speaks in language everyone can understand.

If he had the profile PC, Perigo, Lineberry and other gratuitously insulting elitist libertarians have you could really go places, I have no doubt.

It may annoy you, but he has many of the attributes Key has. Give this guy some air. Some guest posts. Anything.

7/31/2008 03:36:00 pm  
Anonymous Sean said...

What?! Pope Ruth ordaining Darnton...I thought Key was the divine choice. I feel a crises of faith coming on. Oh Lord, how you test me!

7/31/2008 03:44:00 pm  
Anonymous Sus said...

"Tell me why many of us find neither candidate attractive yet are not considering voting third party."

Good question .. but it's hardly unique to NZ. Same can be said for the US (as you noted), the UK and Australia last year, in that I thought little of both Howard & Rudd.

"It's because you suck at this gig".

Gee thanks! I won't take it personally ..

But it remains a real problem to encourage people to look outside the two old parties .. and the myriad of smaller ones are generally variations on a socialist theme.

You're right about Bernard. He *is* good value - and, like JK appears to be (and I've never said otherwise, by the way), a genuinely nice guy.

Spkg for myself, I'm a busy person; this is spare time stuff for me - and, frankly, I'd rather be doing other things. Many of us fall into that category.

So going back to your point of increased exposure, what would you suggest?

7/31/2008 04:24:00 pm  
Blogger Ruth said...

Invite Alan Greenspan to talk in NZ.

My husband has said he would like to come here. It's not a joke. This would give you huge exposure.

7/31/2008 07:13:00 pm  
Blogger Elijah Lineberry said...

Ruth, I am proud to say I am an 'elitist libertarian', and delighted people are using such a term to describe me. Well done!

However, I think Lindsay and Peter find that sort of thing embarrassing...ha ha

7/31/2008 10:48:00 pm  
Anonymous LGM said...

Ruth

Greenspan has contributed greatly to the present recession, destruction of wealth and all the misery that entails. He knows it.

Why would anyone want to invite that creature to talk? He should be in a cell.

LGM

8/01/2008 06:53:00 am  
Anonymous hanso said...

Elijah:

Ir depends what you consider "elite" attributes. Intellegence, honourability, and rationality, are considered elite by most in the Libz. "Good skin", "Good shoes", and a "Good accent", are not.

8/01/2008 07:59:00 am  
Blogger Elijah Lineberry said...

Hanso... yes, that about sums it up and fortunately I possess all six attributes, although no one else seems to, alas..

8/01/2008 09:04:00 am  
Anonymous Sus said...

Good skin/shoes/accent:

"I possess all six attributes, although no one else seems to, alas."

The cheek of it! Speak for yourself, white boy! ;)

8/04/2008 10:28:00 am  
Blogger Elijah Lineberry said...

Ha ha! just my wee joke in response to a silly comment...no offence intended, Sue ;)

8/04/2008 10:36:00 am  

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