2005 Redux

Back in 2005 TVNZ had this to say about a poll they conducted in Epsom:

A One News Colmar Brunton poll shows Act leader Rodney Hide trailing in the critical Auckland electorate of Epsom and unless he wins the seat, the party faces oblivion.

In Epsom 44% back National’s Richard Worth while Hide is on 30% followed by Stuart Nash – the great-grandson of former Prime Minister Walter Nash – on 20%.

On these figures Hide won’t win Epsom and with Act polling around 2%, neither he nor his eight MPs will be back in parliament.

Last night TVNZ had this to say:

National leader John Key’s ‘cup of tea’ meeting with Act candidate John Banks may have been in vain according to the results of a ONE News Colmar Brunton poll.

The now infamous meeting was supposed to boost support for Banks in the Epsom electorate, sending a signal to National supporters that they should vote for Banks so Act could return to Parliament as National’s coalition partner.

However, a poll of 517 Epsom voters has National’s own candidate Paul Goldsmith out in front with 41%, while Banks has 30% support.

So instead of a headline saying that the cup of tea had fail to sway voters they could have said in fact that Act was in a better position than they were in 2005. In 2005 Act and Rodney Hide went on to win by 3000 votes in Epsom.

But hey the media have been trying to get rid of Act like forever.

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