National voters divided over king maker [POLL]

The mad or the bad?  Craig or Peters?

Forty-seven per cent of National voters surveyed favoured the Conservatives over NZ First, which rated 37.9 per cent with National backers. Overall however, the poll of 750 voters found 47 per cent thought National should go with NZ First to form a government, while 35.3 per cent thought National should pick the Conservatives.

Mr Peters’ reaction was to warn that a vote for the Conservatives would be wasted as he predicted they wouldn’t win an electorate seat or get to the 5 per cent MMP threshold.

“As the old saying goes, money can’t buy you love; it can’t buy you an election either and that’s what’s going to be proven in 2014,” he said.

The preference among the wider group for NZ First reflected “the reality” that “we’re the only party with the experience to keep the system honest”.

Asked about National voters preferring his adversary, Mr Peters said: “What you’re hearing is a group of people who don’t understand that the party they’re talking about is not going to be standing up at the end of 2014.”

Mr Craig said he was unsurprised by the poll results which he said was along the divide between left and right leaning voters.

“I’m pretty sure you wouldn’t find any Labour, Greens or Internet Mana voters putting our name forward. I would expect all left wing voters to say NZ First,” Mr Craig said.

It “made sense” that the Conservatives had stronger support among National voters.

“To me it seems that NZ First are more aligned with the left and we’re more aligned with the right so it doesn’t surprise me the numbers came out that way around.”

Earlier yesterday on the campaign trail in Rotorua Mr Peters said if people were considering voting for Mr Craig because they wanted a right wing Government led by John Key, “It begs the question – why don’t we cut the middle man out and just vote for the National Party and forget about you?”

Peters has a point.  I don’t think Craig is in any position to be king maker two weeks from now.

You know my views.  Where do you sit on this?

 

– Isaac Davidson, NZ Herald


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