September 25, 2023
Māori polling firm cure to vote taint
Māori Party president John Tamihere says he says it’s time for a Māori-focused political polling company – and such a company will be registered soon.
He says existing polling companies are tied to political parties, and many of their polls taint the views of swing voters.
Mr Tamihere says the Curia Research polls used by Whakaata Maori are a joke, because the sample size of 500, including a third from the internet, is too small to make reliable conclusions.
“You need at least three of those in a row to form an opinion on trends. Otherwise you need 1000 to 1500 in a poll. Here’s the other takeaway – a third of people in these polls are undecided. It beggars belief you would use these for a conversation piece even,” he says.
The two Curia- Wakaata Maori polls released so far put Te Pati Maori behind in seats it expects to pick up.