Holding Polling Companies to Account

David Farrar at the little read Kiwiblog has a good post about the various polling company results for this week. It deserves wider attention:

  • For comparison I have the final Horizon poll. The Horizon poll features regularly on Radio Live and on the front page of the Sunday Star-Times. Their published figures include 1.3% undecided which I have adjusted their results for, so like the other polls it is a percentage of decided voters. This allows a comparison to election results.
  • I also have the seat projections based on the final Horizon poll.
  • Under the weighted average there would be a centre-right Government of the only three parties pledged to support National.
  • Under Horizon’s poll there would easily be a centre-left Government with the four centre-left parties having 67 seats.

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story.  And when he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet.   Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet, and as a result he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist that takes no prisoners.

He is fearless in his pursuit of a story.

Love him or loathe him.  But you can’t ignore him.