Posts by Mr Mark

  • Legal Beagle: Dispatches from my twitter…,

    I've done quite a bit of finely-grained Booth-by-Booth analysis over recent years

    It's allowed me to identify various Bellwether neighbourhoods

    Who knows - Intensive canvassing of these micro-areas might just prove a little more cost-effective for Labour & Greens than Polling

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  • Hard News: Where are all the polls at?,

    Where did I read recently that NZ's population is far too small to make statistically robust Online polling viable ?

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem, in reply to andin,

    Dare I say it ? - find myself largely agreeing with Young Paddy Gower too

    "The Greens seem to be in pathological denial about the damage that Turei's benefit fraud admission is doing"

    Becomes clearer by the day that the Greens attract a disproportionate number of wishful-magical thinkers - psychologically needing a protective bubble to escape cold hard political reality

    Metiria's damaged her party and possibly the electoral fortunes of the wider Left Bloc … reinforces Coalition of Chaos meme & reinforces ugly beneficiary stereotypes held by voters on the Right (& a large slice of the Centre)

    Most frustrating of all - the Metiria factor is potentially nullifying the Jacinda factor

    Green’s core policy on welfare ? = for the most part laudable (indeed long overdue)

    Turei’s PR campaign to promote that policy ? = clumsy, impulsive, self-defeating

    Blissfully unaware of wider public opinion - didn't bother to consult publicly available Poll data … If she'd bothered - they could've focused attention on vital issues around welfare, poverty, beneficiaries in far less counter-productive way for Left

    With the Greens – it’s like giving kids a box of matches to play with … & on the eve of an Election Campaign after 9 long years in Opposition !

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  • Hard News: Metiria's Problem,

    Re-posting Toby Manhire & Bernard Hickey links (originally posted by Russell & Sacha) - both hit the nail squarely on the head

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  • Hard News: Taking the stage in Mount Albert, in reply to Jason Kemp,

    "I wonder how many of those voters were former Labour Party voters"

    Yep, I think that's right, Jason - quite a few will be, given Labour's 25 point decline in the seat since 2005 and the Greens 13 point rise (not taking into account boundary changes). So, I'd guess up to half of current Green supporters in Mt Albert are former Labour voters.

    Certainly a degree of unpredictability - but, with the different dynamics of a one-vote By-Election (and the unprecedented situation of no National candidate), I'm pretty sure that significantly fewer than 73% of Greens will go Ardern.

    Varying turnout will also play a crucial role. Who can motivate their supporters to get out and vote ?

    Ardern will certainly win - but the question is by how much ?

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  • Hard News: Taking the stage in Mount Albert,

    "What will National voters do?"

    While National voters will disproportionately stay at home, I suspect a core of loyalists will hold their collective noses and strategically vote Green in an effort to help slash Labour's majority, humiliate them and sow a bit of discord on the Left.

    Not necessarily a majority of Nat voters (I agree that for many it will just go too much against the grain) but quite possibly a large minority of the maybe 30-35% of Tories who do get out and vote. Would still mean more than 2000 - perhaps 2500 - heading towards Genter.

    At least as importantly ... What will Green voters do ?

    73% of Green Party-Voters backed Shearer in the Candidate-Vote at the last Election. That was way ahead of the average Labour MP – in the Country as a whole, just 47% of Greens Candidate-Voted Labour.

    Indeed, Shearer was one of those rare Labour MPs whose Candidate-Vote was derived, first and foremost from non-Labour voters.(arguably making the Mt Albert Labour majority uniquely vulnerable).

    So, in a one-vote By-Election, where voters can’t enjoy the (General Election) luxury of being able to separate out their core political allegiance (as expressed in the Party-Vote) from their favoured personality ( Candidate-Vote ), it’s reasonable to assume that a significant chunk of that 73% of Greens (5810 voters to be precise) are going to reaffirm their primary political allegiance and choose Genter. All the more so when there is no National candidate to scare them into strategically voting Ardern.

    I doubt that Ardern is any great danger of actually losing the seat …

    But – with a potential majority of 2014 Green-Shearer voters combining forces with a potential large minority of Nats – it’s quite possible Genter will slash Labour’s majority. ... This in a seat that Farrar has already loudly proclaimed one of “Labour’s” safest (in fact, it’s a Shearer stronghold, not a Labour one. Labour received just 29% of the Party-Vote at the last Election).

    So you can imagine the media headlines. Potentially, at least, an own goal for the Left. Hope not, but fear it may be.

    Wellington • Since Dec 2009 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Speaker: What we think and how we vote,

    Brilliant. Thanks, David. Your data even allows me to calculate movement in and out of non-voting - all I could ask for and more.

    On the the left/right median voter theorem being tosh - completely agree. Similar findings in recent analyses of British voters. A significant body of voters do not vote for the Party closest to them on the Left-Right spectrum. Voter behaviour is much more fluid and much more complex than that. Partly why I see Rob Salmond's emphasis on "Centrist" voters as far too simplistic.

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  • Speaker: What we think and how we vote,

    David, I don't suppose you'd have the NZES stats for % swing (ie vote movement/flows) between the various political parties 2011-2014 would you ?

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  • Southerly: Høstens Vemod,

    Yep, great post, David. Polly sounds like a right little whirlwind of energy (and imagination). Possibly with Gifted Child tendencies ?

    Precisely a year since our 2 week self-drive road trip through western Norway. Spent the final day/night in the very relaxed, laid-back pretty little city of ... yep, you guessed it ... Trondheim. Blue skies and sunshine almost the whole way. Walked across the iconic Old Town Bridge ( Gamle Bybro ) - to the beautiful Bakklandet district. Just a nice little two hour stroll before heading to the airport later that afternoon and back to Blighty.

    Norway is superlative upon superlative - I'm always a sucker for Mountains, Fjords, Lakes and - above all - mountain road passes (the more serpentine the better).
    Lurrrved the Trollstigen on the way from Geiranger fjord to Alesund. Not to mention the Snow Road north-east of Flam. (though possibly could have done without some of the longer, narrower and more claustrophobic road tunnels)

    But moving on to some of my core obsessions, Trondheim is:
    - home to Norways top football club (Rosenborg Trondheim)
    - for my fellow Leftie types here - it's the most Left-leaning of Norway's major cities. In fact, trade union community and student groups in Trondheim played a central role in moving the Norwegian Labour party away from its recent neo-Liberal excesses.

    But I digress outrageously ...

    Wellington • Since Dec 2009 • 125 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: About the King's Arms (updated), in reply to Russell Brown,

    "It's worth noting that this is also an area where many more people used to live, before the motorway junction built in the 1960s forcibly displaced as many as 30,000 residents"

    Newton, Arch Hill and Eden Terrace were at the core of one of the great Labour strongholds of the post-war era - the Arch Hill seat. Labour could usually rely on it being one of their three strongest electorates (often second only to Mabel Howard's Sydenham). So I'm assuming (as a Wellingtonian with limited knowledge of the minutiae of Auckland's social / cultural history) that it was a high density area with a very strong working class (presumably, above all, unskilled wkg class) population ?

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