Media Release 31 January 2011
Family First NZ says that Investigate’s HERS magazine poll released today gives a clear message to Phil Goff – if he wants to be Prime Minister at the end of the year, he needs to commit to scrapping the anti-smacking law.
The survey found that 16% of National-voting respondents said they would consider voting Labour this year if Phil Goff committed to scrapping the anti-smacking law. With National’s current support at 50%, this could equate to an 8% drop in the polls for National and a corresponding 8% rise for Labour.
“Although it’s not a completely reliable poll in terms of sample selection, it is consistent with other polls highlighted by Family First. Independent polling of 1,000 people in 2007, 2008 and again in 2010 found that up to a 1/3’rd of respondents would be more likely to vote for a party that promised to change the law to allow light correctional smacking. National benefitted from that significant voter bloc at the last election – yet has failed to deliver,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.
“The Labour party is desperate to re-connect with their core voters, and listening to their concerns and views on this key parenting issue will make the difference between whether they stay in Opposition after the general election this year or not. Many left-wing commentators, including the previous party president Mike Williams, attributed much of Labour’s loss in 2008 to the anti-smacking law.”
“It is vital that Phil Goff cast off the UN agenda and legacy of previous leader Helen Clark, and provide a viable alternative to the arrogance towards voters and broken promises demonstrated by National over this particular issue,” says Mr McCoskrie.