Sunday, December 15, 2013

Correcting a Labour porkie

Labour is gloating over the asset sales referendum result, even though there really isn't anything to gloat about. But worse; the party is telling an out-and-out lie.

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:

Population clock

as at Saturday, 14 Dec 2013 at 08:40:41 pm


New Zealand's population is estimated to increase by one person every 7 minutes and 42 seconds.

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?


homepaddock said...

Bad maths followed up with a Clayton's promise: "Labour is committed to stopping National’s asset sales programme and reserves the right to buy back assets where that makes sense, Labour Leader David Cunliffe says. . ."

It will never make sense to buy back those shares.

bsprout said...

KS, Considering the deliberate timing of the referendum and the fact that many didn't vote because the Government said that they would ignore it any way, it still supports the fact that at least two thirds of the country are unhappy with asset sales. Any poll taken before has produced similar percentages. It also matches my anecdotal evidence when collecting petition signatures.

Given your own reasoning, it would mean only 9% of New Zealanders said yes, which is an even more worrying result.

Nice try, though ;-)

Keeping Stock said...

But I'm not the one telling fibs bsprout; that's the preserve of the Labour Party, as usual.

lovinthatchangefeeling said...

Speaking of polls and support KS, the erosion of the soft gween vote is shown in today's HoS Key Research poll. This has the watermelon party on 8%.

#HeyCl_nt, are we happy about that?