No surprises in new political poll
With Labour up it's highest and National down it's lowest, for me, there are no real surprises in this new Roy Morgan Poll, I don't for one second believe this election is the sleepwalk to victory that the right seem to believe it will be and that the result will be much, much closer. As the economy continues to nose dive, NZers will want answers not vacant smiles and empty waves and their economic arguments for selling assets and forcing solo mothers back to work after the kid turns one seem disconnected from evidence based ideas to ideological brainfarts.
The Greens decision to self mutilate themselves by mandating a discussion with John Key could come back to bite them hard if left wing supporters are not convinced Russell won't cut some type of deal with Key and support dips below 5%. Have the Greens zigged when they should have zagged again?
The fact is that the Green's decision is a stupid strategy. Even if the mythical right wing green voter DOES come to them in droves, those voters will have an expectation that the Greens actually talk to John Key, and he will slither over and whisper his sweet, sweet promises while publicly stating his preference to go Green so as to avoid 100% asset sales if he goes with ACT - the pressure to cut a deal under those circumstances will be immense and National will replace the Maori Party moderation camouflage with the Green Party moderation camouflage - even if the plan works they are screwed. I'm pretty sure Mana wants EVERYTHING the Greens have as policy implemented as a precondition to giving Labour supply and confidence - it's not like I have any desire to attack the Greens, I believe everything the Greens stand for and this is the lefts best opportunity in a decade to take the agenda to where it needs to be, but the Greens lack of political awareness is astounding.
What is funny has been the media coverage of this poll.
Why doesn't the new Poll showing Labour up and National down by their largest levels barely feature on the NZ Herald website? Are the NZ Herald seriously suggesting teachers teaching Maori, Jim Hopkins (only in the South Island do they think red rimmed glasses = wit), more media speculation speculating on their Darren Hughes speculation, and to show 'balance' something dredged up about David Garrett are MORE important than the largest shift in political opinion in almost 3 years?
When it's National ahead by 60% the Herald can't find font big enough, the largest change in political opinion since the election, not a peep.