Last night’s 3 News-Reid Research poll gave Labour more bad news:
National: 49.4 percent (down 0.3 percent)
Labour: 26.7 percent (down 0.6 percent)
Green: 12.4 percent (down 0.3 percent)
NZ First: 4.3 percent (up 0.7 percent)
Conservative: 2.7 percent (down 0.1 percent)
Internet Mana: 2.3 percent (up 0.5 percent)
Maori: 1.1 percent (down 0.4 percent)
United Future: 0.2 percent (up 0.2 percent)
ACT: 0.1 percent (down 0.3 percent)
The reason’s for Labour’s poor showing are many, but one of those is Cunliffe’s prevarication over whether or not he’d do a post-election deal with the Internet-mana Party:
SHOULD LABOUR WORK WITH INTERNET MANA IN FORMING A GOVERNMENT:
NO: 59 percent
YES: 29 percent
Don’t know: 12 percent
NO: 47 percent
YES: 40 percent
Don’t know: 13 percent
Cunliffe’s following the Winston Peters’ line on this – he’ll play the cards the voters deal.
But by doing this both men are leaving voters without information they need to cast their votes with confidence.
John Key told everyone months ago which parties he would and would not work with.
People know what they’d get if they give National their party votes.
In contrast, Cunliffe and Peters continue to prevaricate which leaves voters having to take a gamble.
If they give Labour their party votes they can’t be sure they wouldn’t be helping the Internet-Mana Party into government and if they vote for New Zealand First they have no idea if Peters would move right or left.
In spite of what he says about the possibility of staying on the cross-benches, the lure of some baubles would almost certainly persuade him to change his mind.
A vote for either Labour or New Zealand first is a vote for uncertainty and instability.