According to this morning’s media, 56% of 1000 voters in a recent poll (it’s not clear from that article when it was conducted or for whom the PR firm works) are “fed up” and want a new election rather than a hung parliament.
It’s a pity the pollsters didn’t ask the obvious next question to any voter thinking a new election will solve “the problem” of no party having an absolute majority: “Would you be changing your vote, then?” And, if we may be so bold to ask, “from what to what?” And, perhaps, “Why?”
If, like me, these respondents have no intention whatsoever of changing their votes, then are they just arrogantly assuming that other people will fix up their mistake and fall into line? That certainly appears to be the Liberal Party’s thinking.
I’m yet to see any voters declare that they wish they personally – as opposed to the people who voted for the other side and got it wrong – could have a chance to switch their vote. And without such people, who the media have notably failed to identify in their cries for a new poll, surely we’d just get the same result.
For the record, I’m perfectly happy with my Green vote. I won’t be changing it.
AND: I note that News Ltd, declaring that voters “call for new election to end deadlock”, doesn’t bother explaining to its readers that it’s not actually constitutionally possible for a new election to be called instantly, anyway.