Monday, 26 March 2012
Have Another Look
If I wrote that the Queensland state election was a landslide to the LNP, I doubt anyone would disagree.
Being the recalcitrant that I am, however, I'm going to challenge both that assumption, and that language.
There's absolutely no doubt that the LNP have won the vote count by a country mile, and that they will have untrammelled political power. You would also assume that most Queenslanders would be well and truly behind a party that had secured such a thumping majority.
Let's ask that question. Does the LNP actually have majority support when it comes to primary votes? You'd assume I'd have to be deluded to believe anything else after the MSM coverage of the last 24 hours.
*The LNP secured 49.7% of the primary vote, representing a swing of +8.1. Labor received 26.9%, a swing of -15.3. Between them, the Greens and KAP received 18.7% and others (presumably independents) 4.6%.
Interesting. The "landslide" to the LNP was actually 8.1%.
Now let's add the totals of the non LNP votes. It comes to 50.2%. Wait a minute, isn't that more than the LNP on 49.7%?
So more people voted against the LNP than for them.
That's a "landslide"?
Perception is everything.
*All my figures are from Antony Green's website.
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