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Curious about Curia

Posted by on February 15th, 2011

An interesting post by Tim Watkin over at Pundit on being polled by Curia Research, David Farrar’s polling company. Now, its important to say that pretty much all political parties do polling, so there is nothing underhand going on. And its also very well known that Curia do the polling for the National Party. It’s what makes David such an unbiased commentator ;-)

What is interesting is the type of questioning that Tim reports. For instance not just asking which party is best in terms of environmental issues, but who is more ‘balanced’. The only logic in that is that the Nats know that no one would actually say they are the best for the environment, so they are looking for some kind of light at the end of the tunnel. Anyway, looking forward to a response from David to Tim’s blog….


12 Responses to “Curious about Curia”

  1. Spud says:

    8O Wow, that is clever! I wonder where I’ve heard that word before? :-D

    p.s. Nice emoticon :-D

  2. Chris says:

    Really – the “only” logic? No other reason possible at all?

  3. ghostwhowalksnz says:

    Its setting up the type of campaign advertising they will be running.
    There is a very high chance they change the rules to allow attack advertising which is common overseas, and with that change the rules to allow ACT and National to swamp the TV and radio with advertising.
    They cant run on their record, since there isnt one.

  4. Gooner says:

    There is a very high chance they change the rules to allow attack advertising which is common overseas, and with that change the rules to allow ACT and National to swamp the TV and radio with advertising.

    Well, considering National passed the law that disallows political parties to spend its own money on TV and Radio ads, I find this very unlikely.

  5. pdm says:

    You Labour people never cease to astound me with the way your twisted minds work. None of you seem able to see that a person, irrespective of their poliitical views, can take a neutral position on some things and can frame questions that way.

  6. Colonial Viper says:

    They could take a neutral position, but are they? In this case, Curia is working a contract for a client and so has to pursue the client’s best interests.

    Client = National Party, for the sake of clarity.

  7. pdm says:

    CV I was referring to the following cynical comment by Grant whom DPF regularly praises over at Kiwiblog.

    `It’s what makes David such an unbiased commentator’ (sad face didn’t copy)

  8. tracey says:

    On polling questions

    Sir Humphrey: “You know what happens: nice young lady comes up to you. Obviously you want to create a good impression, you don’t want to look a fool, do you? So she starts asking you some questions: Mr. Woolley, are you worried about the number of young people without jobs?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Are you worried about the rise in crime among teenagers?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Do you think there is a lack of discipline in our Comprehensive schools?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Do you think young people welcome some authority and leadership in their lives?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Do you think they respond to a challenge?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Would you be in favour of reintroducing National Service?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Oh…well, I suppose I might be.”
    Sir Humphrey: “Yes or no?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Of course you would, Bernard. After all you told you can’t say no to that. So they don’t mention the first five questions and they publish the last one.”
    Bernard Woolley: “Is that really what they do?”
    Sir Humphrey: “Well, not the reputable ones no, but there aren’t many of those. So alternatively the young lady can get the opposite result.”
    Bernard Woolley: “How?”
    Sir Humphrey: “Mr. Woolley, are you worried about the danger of war?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Are you worried about the growth of armaments?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Do you think there is a danger in giving young people guns and teaching them how to kill?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Do you think it is wrong to force people to take up arms against their will?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “Would you oppose the reintroduction of National Service?”
    Bernard Woolley: “Yes”
    Sir Humphrey: “There you are, you see Bernard. The perfect balanced sample.”

  9. Spud says:

    LOL :-D That’s genius Tracey :-D

  10. Colonial Viper says:

    Yay for Yes Minister!!! :mrgreen:

  11. pdm says:

    CV – we could call your last comment a Spudism!! lol.

  12. Dominoes says:

    You are a lying troll. Do it once more and you will be a banned lying troll. Trevor.