Election 2008 Facts and Stats

March 9th, 2009 at 3:00 pm by David Farrar

The has published their ultra-handy electoral compendium for the 2008 election, and has also placed the data online.

The facts booklet has 22 pages of info, and the stats has lots of useful stuff, including:

  • Enrolments stats
  • Turnout Stats
  • Voting stats (did you know National won the 120th seat in the last three elections?)
  • That United Future was just 504 votes off an extra seat in 2002, Greens 1,250 off another in 2005 and Labour just 39 votes off an extra in 2008
  • Split Voting stats
  • Candidate stats (160 list only cands)
  • MPs stats (in last three elections a total of 59 MPs have lost their seats)
  • Electorate stats (they have ranked them into quartiles for various parties)

You can spend hours in this stuff!

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6 Responses to “Election 2008 Facts and Stats”

  1. getstaffed (9,186 comments) says:

    You can spend hours in this stuff!

    Funny what spins people’s wheels isn’t it. The thought of swimming intellectual lengths in this stuff makes my eyes glaze over :)

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  2. wreck1080 (3,964 comments) says:

    election porn….

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  3. georgebolwing (1,005 comments) says:

    But by going through this stuff, important things can be deduced.

    Like the large personal following that Helen Clark received in Mt Albert. In the 2008 election, she received 59.3% of the electorate vote, and won the seat with a handy majority of 10,351.

    But the Party Vote for Labour in this electorate was only 42.6%. ACT got 3.5%, the Greens a respectable 11.0%, National 35.7% and NZ First 2.7% and the Maori Party 0.8%, Progressives 0.7 % and United Future 0.7%.

    With a rock start candidate, John Key’s personal standing, a very good local campaign and the fact that a vote for Phil Twyford is actually a vote to return Judith Tizzard to the House, National might be in with a show. In any event, just keeping Labour to below 50% would be a victory.

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  4. Bryce Edwards (248 comments) says:

    I had a look at this stuff over the weekend, and it is indeed good stuff. The Electoral Commission has certainly lifted its game somewhat in terms of its output in recent years. Incredibly useful stuff.

    There are a few problems with the two main publications (“Facts 08″ and “Stats 08″) however. For a start, unless I missed it, they don’t even include the basic details of how many party votes each party received in the last election. Hopefully I’m proved wrong on this! Second, although it has comprehensive and comparative electoral data, it only goes back to the 2002 election, which is a bit bizarre. Surely it makes a lot of sense to include more than just three of the five MMP election data so far.

    And while I’m complaining (!) the electionresults.org.nz website is atrocious! Very counter-intuitively organised, non-user-friendly, and missing information. Hopefully this might be revamped before long.

    Bryce
    http://www.liberation.org.nz

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  5. dime (10,109 comments) says:

    “abour just 39 votes off an extra in 2008″

    you all owe me a beer! i spent months converting Labour voters!!!! most went to national.. but i lost one to the maori party :(

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  6. horisthebear (53 comments) says:

    Gee 120th in 2002 was Katherine Rich, in 2005 it was Paula Bennett and in 2008 it was Aaron Gilmore.

    What is also interesting next for National in 2002 was Hekia Parata, it 2005 it was Katrina Shanks both of whom made it into Parliament at a later stage.

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