The Labour Party has published a graphic which proclaims:
67% of Kiwis said "NO" to John Key
We found this on Statistics NZ's population clock:
New Zealand's population is estimated to increase by one person every 7 minutes and 42 seconds.as at Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 at 08:40:41 pm
Given that only 895,322 people said "NO" to John Key in the preliminary result announced on Friday night, that would equate to 19.89%. That's a far cry from "67% of Kiwis", don't you reckon?
So we'll give Labour the benefit of the doubt and exclude those Kiwis not eligible to vote. The Electoral Commission reported a vote of 1,332,340, which represented 43.9% of eligible voters. That equates to somewhere in the region of 3,000,000 eligible voters. Do the maths, and you can say with certainty that 29.84% of eligible Kiwi voters said no to John Key.
So we've made Labour's social media image more accurate for them, helpful bloggers that we are. Here it is now:
If Labour had simply said "67% of those Kiwis who could be bothered voting in the Political Party-Initiated Referendum said "NO" to John Key", that would have been honest. Instead, Labour told a big, fat porkie. What else is new?