People’s understanding of MMP has improved but a survey carried out by the Electoral Commission shows that it’s still a mystery to some.
Commission chief executive Helena Catt said it knew from past experience that levels of knowledge would keep increasing and peak on election day.
The results were pleasing in that this election could be the one taken with the highest levels of understanding since MMP was introduced, she said.
In the survey of 3000 potential voters, 67 percent correctly identified the party vote as more important than the electorate vote in deciding the numbers of MPs each party gets.
“Equally pleasing was finding that only a fifth think that MMP’s hard to understand, a significant shift from the quarter saying the same thing last year,” Dr Catt said.
Ignorance of MMP isn’t restricted to the voter in the street. I remember an interview with the leader of one of the wee parties (Jim Anderton I think) after a previous election who said he’d been horrified when one of his supporters gave him his electorate vote but gave his party vote to Labour.
But the knowledge that 33% still don’t udnerstand it’s the party vote that counts give some credence to the this morning’s post about it being better if some people didn’t vote.