Poll confirms disaster of Labour’s Chinkygate policy

We're winning I tell you, we're winning

We’re winning I tell you, we’re winning

Labour banked their future on their racist, dog-whistle attack on people with chinky-sounding names buying property.

Unfortunately, contrary to the claims of Andrew Little and Phil Twyford in caucus, this policy is not Labour’s ‘Orewa’. In fact in three polls in a row it is now a confirmed failure.

Don Brash’s ‘Orewa’ speech “resulted in a major surge for the National Party, which had been languishing from an overwhelming defeat at the 2002 election. From 28% in the polls a month before the speech, the National Party jumped to 45% two weeks after it: ten points ahead of?Labour.

Nothing of the sort has happened to Labour, and in one poll they actually went backwards.

A newspaper has released their Digipoll this morning and there is a slight, but within the margin of error, increase for Labour, while National remains able to govern alone. ?

National 50.8 (down 0.2), Labour 31 (up 2.3), Green 9.2 (down 1.6), NZ First 6.9 (up 0.8), Conservatives 0.6 (down 0.5), Maori Party 1 (up 0.2), Act 0.2 (down 0.6), United Future 0 (no change); Legalise Cannabis 0.2 (up 0.2), Mana 0.2 (up 0.2).

? The poll of 750 eligible voters was conducted between August 14-24. The Party Vote is of decided voters only. Undecided voters were 12 per cent.

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.6 per cent. ??

There are some demographic data as well which show just how perilous Labour’s position is.

National is over 42% in every demographic group, with 42% being the lowest in the 18-39 grouping. That group is also the one where Labour is closest to National, at 37.8%. National is over 50% in more groups than not.

Labour’s problems are highlighted by the fact they are well under 30% in all but three of the demographic groups and, most importantly, the Auckland demographic where they have just 28.6%. That does not augur well for Phil Goff’s chances if he runs for Mayor.

Labour’s problems are exacerbated?by the fact that Andrew Little is just so dreadful that his numbers are barely moving and he is being seriously challenged by the pensioner from St Mary’s Bay who represents Northland.

If Labour thought that attacking people with chinky-sounding names was going to be their salvation then they were wrong. Worse is that it hasn’t moved them at all in the Auckland demographic which is what the policy was targeted at.

Phil Twyford and Andrew Little are hamstringing Labour.


– A newspaper