Despite Paddy Gower desperately trying to find a critical line against the Government in the latest poll so TV3 can shake the perception of being a media outlet for the Government, the simple naked fact is that despite the housing crisis, despite the poverty, despite the social injustice and despite the tax havens, 47% still give their vote to this corrupt despicable Government.
The truth is that this is still a country who despite the mass surveillance lies and dirty politic revelations of the last election are choosing to vote National because their property portfolios and illusionary inflated wealth are more important than mass surveillance, dirty politics, housing crisis, poverty, tax havens and social injustice.
Outright selfishness has replaced ideology.
The Left need a new voter base or will struggle in 2017. The current voter base owns too many rentals to want to change, this means the Left need to reach out to that missing million voters who aren’t participating to bring new voters into the total to grow the Left’s share of vote while decreasing the Right.
On this polling the idea of Winston being in position to demand a year as Prime Minister isn’t difficult to conceive at all.
I think this still comes down to the property boom. It’s not until the market pops and that sense of wealth distorts into vast unsolvable debt that middle NZ will start voting Labour. The issue is when that pop occurs. This inflation in housing has happened far longer and quicker than most expected but the warning signs of a major global market meltdown are flashing again so Labour either wait for the pop or start reaching out to the missing million.
This poll tells us that NZers are still lost in their delusion of being property speculators to care about their homeless neighbours yet.