It’s unsurprising that ONE News Colmar Brunton poll should find that, when asked ‘should the party with the most votes should get to lead the government’, nearly 80 percent of people agree. It seems a reasonable sort of thing to suggest. I imagine you would get the same sort of support for the proposition that the coalition with the most votes should get to lead the next government. And there would probably be fairly overwhelming support for the idea that the next government should have the support of a majority of voters.The problem with the poll is that it was framed in such a way that it got an answer that tells us exactly nothing about people’s view of the legitimacy of the next government.
The implication is that were National to form a government with a minority of the popular support but more votes than any other party then the majority of voters would who did not vote for National would all be sitting back saying ‘Look, even though we all want something completely different to you John, it’s your turn. Go ahead and rip apart the Resource Management Act and this country’s few environmental protections. We’ll talk again in three years.’
We all know that there wouldn’t be eighty percent support for that proposition. There wouldn’t even be fifty percent support for it.
It goes to show that you nee to word your question carefully if you want a result that gives you the information you were seeking.