Are polls telling John Key that National voters want a coalition with the Maori Party?

Are polls telling John Key that National voters want a coalition with the Maori Party?

Prime Minister John Key believes voters have concerns about Act leader Don Brash holding the balance of power because he is an extremist, and they see the Maori Party as positive because it has worked constructively within the system.

The difficulty with polls is that they take a snapshot of the entire electorate.

Political parties do not try to win votes from the entire electorate. They have a target audience they have to win votes from, and they need to target this audience. The difficulty for Key is while 60% of voters have a positive view of the Maori Party, this is a very different question from asking National voters “Would you prefer a coalition with ACT or the Maori Party?”

This question is not one National will want asked of their supporters as it will create doubt in their minds that John Key will use MMP and his coalition partner to implement policies core National supporters do not want.


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