Post-Survey United Future’s Direction Charted

Alan Simmons from UnitedFuture asked for this to be posted:

The United Future party is mapping out it’s future course following the results of a comprehensive survey of voter opinion.

Party President Alan Simmons said the data from the survey had revealed “exciting” potential opportunities for the party’s future direction.

“I’m very keen to see strategies developed to cement United Future as the sensible center party of New Zealand,” he said.

At a United Future Board “retreat” held in Turangi on Saturday, board members spent the day perusing and analysing the results of the national survey.

“We’re mindful that the general publics perception is vitally important” said Mr Simmons. “But so too is the expectations of the party members. Putting all of this together was no mean task but the results clearly showed the way forward.”

He said the survey had been an invaluable success with sufficient respondents to give reliable, credible results but admitted there were some surprises amongst the data sets with a number of positives for the party.

“For example, among them was that center right voters see United Future as the environmental consciousness of National while another was 78 percent of all respondents believe the party has an important role to play in future New Zealand politics. Plus there was overwhelming support from non-party members for the party to continue its centrist, commonsense role in building a future for generations to come and ensuring good stewardship of the outdoors and environment.”

Mr Simmons said that with the survey revealing current members thinking and also that of potential voters, the party’s board was now mapping out the future direction.

“The survey was great in providing a wealth of revealing data. United Future will naturally make some changes as highlighted by the results aiming to give a new direction of the party to ensure United Future can look to a substantial future.”

This is the sort of thing I would post from other parties so happy to do it, if I had seen it in a press release or media report I would have posted on it anyway. UnitedFuture have a huge challenge regaining a political presence beyond Peter Dunne but it’s good to see them trying. (I have had no involvement with the party since 2013).