National are worried because of the low turnout in National seats at the last election…that is complacency kicking in. Labour are worried because they think the missing million are all their voters.
It’s a looming spectre both National and Labour say could derail the election, but which party stands to lose the most from a low voter turnout at the polls?
Figures from the latestÂ Stuff-IpsosÂ poll show 77 per cent of people say only unforeseen events like illness or disaster would stop them voting.
When the remainder were asked what might put them off voting, 17.6 per cent said it was too difficult to get to a polling station, while 8 per cent said they were too busy and a further 8 per cent said they didn’t know enough about the issues or the candidates.
The data suggests this election could mirror 2011 when turnout sunk to 74.2 per cent – the lowest Â since 1981.
National Party campaign director Steven Joyce said despite many polls showing the election was National’s to lose, a Labour-led government was still a realistic outcome.
“I think firstly, these are polls and the nature of polls is that they’re people’s opinions at a point in time and that makes it a reasonably costless sort of opinion.”
Joyce said the bulk of the missing voters were likely National supporters who thought the election was a foregone conclusion. Â Â Read more »