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The next Parliament – according to our mates

Nov 24th, 2011 | By | Category: Front Page Layout, Lead Story, News

THE GREENS look set to storm into office this election – at least according to an unscientific poll of the NewsWire team’s family and friends.

What with an election campaign featuring push-polling, self selection, deliberate pollster deception and landline bias, not to mention margins of error or pay-to-text polling – NewsWire figured it might be just as good to simply text a few mates. 

Thumbs blazing for much of the morning, the class went through and elbowed, cajoled and annoyed their contacts, asking for a party vote for our pre-election poll.  

Some 322 obliged. The results saw the conservationists thrash the conservatives – with the Greens landing 37% of the vote.
The more centrist Labour party came in second on 26%, and the currently governing center right National party trailed well behind on 17.4%.

That would mean NewsWire’s parliament would likely see a coalition between Greens and Labour, with the latter becoming the junior coalition partner.

Aside from the meteoric rise of the Greens, support for the other minor parties was minimal – New Zealand First was the second best minor party with 1.9% (6 votes) followed by Act on 1.6% (5 votes).

Maori party support was very low, with only three votes, one less than Hone Harawira’s Mana movement. 

The long battling Aotearoa Legalize Cannabis Party and newly formed Conservatives picked up a vote each.

At 8.6%, the undecideds were slightly more than half the national poll average of 15%

Apathy among respondents ran at 5%, although at least the non-voters were motivated enough to text back.

Four deeply private souls responded to the anonymous poll, but declined to say who they would vote for.

The Whitireia journalism class ranges in age from 18 to “forty-something”, and their friends and family vary in age.

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