Archive for 15 September 2015

Colmar Brunton-TV1 News – not giving us the complete picture

15 September 2015 1 comment




A story on TV1 News on 9 September was more interesting for what it failed to tell the viewer, rather than any information it was trying to impart.

Briefly, the story focused on a recent Colmar Brunton survey that stated that National’s poll rating remained “unchanged at 47 per cent, the same amount it attained at the election“. It also told us;

Mr Key’s personal approval ratings also continue to ride high. He’s steady at 40 per cent this month.

According to the story, the  Colmar Brunton Preferred Prime Minister survey gave the viewer  a ‘snapshot’ of the survey period 29 August to 2 September. There was no other context to the survey.

The viewer was not given information as to how Key’s popularity compared to previous Colmar Brunton surveys.

If TV1 News producers had bothered to do a brief search on the issue, the result would have given better context and a more overall, informative  picture.

For example, a Google search for past Colmar Brunton surveys reveals  the rise and gradual decline of our “popular” Prime Minister;

September 2009 – 50%

May 2010 – 46%

November 2011 – 52%

September 2012 – 44%

September 2013 – 42%

September 2014 – 46%

September 2015 – 40%


In fact, the Colmar Brunton Preferred Prime Minister polling shows a striking similarity to polling carried out by TVNZ’s rival, 3News/Reid Research Poll;

Aug 2009: 51.6%

April 2010: 49.0%

Nov/Dec 2010: 54.1%

1-8 Nov 2011*: 50.0%

9-16 Nov 2011*: 49.4%

16-23 Nov 2011*: 48.9%

July 2012: 43.2%

Nov 2013: 40.9%

2-8 Sept 2014*: 45.3%

9-15 Sept 2014*: 44.1%

May 2015: 39.4%
* Where multiple-polling took place within a given month, all poll results have been presented top give the reader a more accurate picture.


It is therefore apparent that to claim that “Mr Key’s personal approval ratings also continue to ride high” and that   “He’s steady at 40 per cent this month” – is not an accurate reflection of polling trends.  Those are misleading statements, creating a false perception of a politician’s standing in the electorate.

Sloppy work.

If this is the new standard of political analysis from TV1 News then the producers may as well not bother. There are plenty of crime, disaster, “cutesy animal”, and quirky-celebrity stories they could broadcast instead.

Perhaps serious political analysis should  best be left to the experts – bloggers.





TVNZ News: Nearly a year on from its election victory and National is continuing to ride high in the polls

ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll Sep 19-24, 2009

ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll May 22-26, 2010

ONE News Colmar Brunton Poll 27-31 October 2012

Facebook: Colmar Brunton – 14-18 Sept 2013

Colmar Brunton: 6-10 September 2014

Previous related blogposts

The slow dismantling of a populist prime minister

The slow dismantling of a Prime Minister continues






This blogpost was first published on The Daily Blog on 10 September 2015.



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The threat to British democracy…

15 September 2015 2 comments




On 25 September 2014, David Cameron addressed the United Nations, and justified Britain’s involvement in committing military forces against ISIS;

My message today is simple. We are facing an evil against which the whole world must unite. And, as ever in the cause of freedom, democracy and justice, Britain will play its part.”

A year later, on 13 September, after the election of Jeremy Corbyn as the UK Labour Party’s new leader, David Cameron had this to say about Corbyn’s victory;


david cameron - tweet - 13 sept 2015 - jeremy corbyn

(Hat-tip: Chris Trotter)


How chilling and deeply troubling for a Prime Minister to utter these words; “The Labour Party is now a threat to our national security, our economic security and your family’s security”.

Implicit in that statement is a threat to the British people: we, the Establishment,  will not brook upsetting the status quo; your democracy is an illusion, do not take it seriously; and if you vote for Jeremy Corbyn, then  The Establishment will bring the full force of State power down upon your heads.

The question I now ask myself is; who will bring democracy to Great Britain?





The Guardian: David Cameron urges unity against Isis ‘evil’ as UK prepares to strike Iraq

Twitter: David Cameron

Related blogposts

The Daily Blog: Revolution In The UK? Jeremy Corbyn and the Matter of Britain



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