Dodgy ‘poll’ in Nelson

The Greens seem to be getting a bit dodgy in their attempt to get electorate votes in Nelson.

Patrick Gower: Desperate Greens drop fake news ‘poll’ in Nelson

The Greens have released the results of some phone canvassing which they’ve referred to as an “internal poll” that claims to show them ahead in Nelson.

But it is not a poll just like there wasn’t a fiscal hole.

It’s a set of numbers Green volunteers have gathered, with no way of checking them and media should be ashamed of reporting them as a “poll”.

It is not scientific, they have not released the raw data or methodology.

The first “question” is particularly dodgy: “Which candidate, between the Greens’ Matt Lawrey & Labour’s Rachel Boyack, do you think will beat Nick Smith?”

Now obviously this does not give voters the option of saying “Nick Smith will win” and is more of a push-poll.

It is actually “fake news” from the Greens.

It is a blatant bid to get publicity and get Labour voters to vote tactically and try and get Lawrey over the line to give them a lifeline in case they don’t make 5 per cent.

This certainly sounds dodgy, but there’s a certain amount of irony here.

Gower accusing someone of using a poll for “a blatant bid to get publicity” is a bit rich.

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  1. robertguyton

     /  September 18, 2017

    “The Greens have released the results of some phone canvassing which they’ve referred to as an “internal poll”
    How is that “fake news” from The Greens? Surely it’s the newsmedia who collect and publish reports such as these. The Greens were clear that it was an internal poll, some phone canvassing. Beat up. In any case, it has worked. News that Smith is under stress from his competitors is across all the papers and websites. Good work, The Greens and thanks a million, Paddy!

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    • Joe Bloggs

       /  September 18, 2017

      Much as I support the cause, the Green’s “push-polling” is not polling. It’s an interactive marketing technique that attempts to manipulate or alter prospective voters’ views/beliefs under the guise of conducting an opinion poll.

      Call it what it is.

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  2. Zedd

     /  September 18, 2017

    IF people in areas like Nelson & Coromandel were really concerned about the degradation of their environment.. as many say; they would all vote Green. But when you see Natz win the seats, its obvious the wallet is their real priority.. & B-S is their mantra

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  3. Ray

     /  September 18, 2017

    Oops posted to soon Robert or didn’t get the memo from Green head office, pigeons on strike.
    Newsflashsflash http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/election/2017/09/patrick-gower-desperate-greens-drop-fake-news-poll-in-nelson.html
    Greens admit poll not a poll and was fake news

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    • robertguyton

       /  September 18, 2017

      Gower’s report was the fake news, Ray. The Greens were clear about the nature of their poll. Pigeons arriving regularly, looking confident and perky.

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  4. robertguyton

     /  September 18, 2017

    “It’s a set of numbers Green volunteers have gathered, with no way of checking them and media should be ashamed of reporting them as a “poll”.

    Silly Patrick.
    Nick’ll be sweating.

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