Parker in the lead

September 29th, 2010 at 5:11 pm by David Farrar

UMR have just released a poll on the Mayoralty.

  • 55% (+27%)
  • 41% (-19%)
  • 88% say Parker has handled earthquake well
  • 55% have positive impression of Parker (+20%)
  • 44% have positive impression of Anderton (-19%)

What I find interesting is not that Bob Parker has gone up, but that Anderton has had a 19% drop in his favourability. That should be unaffected.

I think two things have contributed to it. The first is his statement that he could do Mayor and MP standing on his head came back to haunt him. And the second is his snide comments about Parker. He couldn’t bring himself to say anything genuinely nice about the job Parker did, so he did a veiled insult – “Bob is very good at appearing on television” type statements. It looked (and was) cheap.

The only bad thing about the poll is it means we probably keep Jim as an MP for another year!

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38 Responses to “Parker in the lead”

  1. slightlyrighty (2,496 comments) says:

    Why do some people need a 5 billion dollar seismic event to see through bullshit?

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  2. RightNow (6,646 comments) says:

    It’s a lose-lose situation for CHCH, but for the rest of the country I’m kind of hoping he wins.
    I see some votes have already been returned, and would guess they’re mostly favouring Parker. With 10 days to go I’m picking a very close call, and wouldn’t be surprised if Anderton wins it by the narrowest of margins.

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  3. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    the people of CHCH have enough problems without electing Jimbo as Mayor .. it’s just as bad in Akld with Lenny B leading in the polls

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  4. Gwilly (156 comments) says:

    What is more frightening is that 41% support Anderton.

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  5. Whaleoil (766 comments) says:

    The exit polling showing Lenny leading is actually counter-productive, because all the lazy south auckland voters will think, sweet az bro, Len will win and won’t lift their arses off the sofa to post the envelope

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  6. Adolf Fiinkensein (2,790 comments) says:

    Don’t worry Whale, Lyen Brown will have council staff patrolling the streets collecting the envelopes.

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  7. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Parker has an appalling record over three years and then does what he does best a TV stint…He was telling bold faced lies a few days after the quake. He is very casual about facts. If he becomes mayor it will just be a testament to the power of television.

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  8. Rex Widerstrom (5,254 comments) says:

    41% support the Miss Haversham of New Zealand politics?

    *facepalm*

    I can understand those who proudly march under the flag of socialism etc etc. But what do they think they’re supporting when they put their hand up for Anderton?

    Really, it’s like voting to make Parekura the manager of a McDonalds. He’s had enough, people. You’re just supporting sheer greed.

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  9. gravedodger (1,509 comments) says:

    Hey David, another year of the Troughmaster General’s antics diluted nationally will be a small price to pay if it avoids the divisive, my way or the highway political rubbish that CHCH needs like a hole in the head as we pick our selves up again.

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  10. Rodders (1,790 comments) says:

    If Jim Anderston loses, it will not be his first taste of humiliation. He once was beaten to the Labour Party presidency by Ruth Dyson.

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  11. Guy Fawkes (702 comments) says:

    Why is SNIDE so very dear to Socialist Troughers.

    They do nothing really effective, look after themselves as a collective, and then take cheap shots at the doers.

    For me it is anyone but, an old useless has been.

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  12. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    So after Anderton is thrashed (and trashed) is he going to take his supporters elsewhere and start his own city so he can mayor there?

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  13. pq (728 comments) says:

    Parker has been a dishonest devious Mayor.
    Wearing Squadron Leader jackets and saying precious nice things on tv means we get him for another three years.
    He hogs the media, and people are emnotionally affected by his affectation.
    He quickly reverted to the dishonesty that is Parker.
    He told people that Council had opposed development in Bexley [ bad landfill ]
    and said said that the problem went to the Environment Court and Council was over ruled in favour of development.
    A Councillor here called him a liar directly to the press.
    Bob Parker is dishonest ,
    No action is pending because Parker does in fact make categorical lies part of his own mythical belief.
    Parker knew he was lying whren he made the statement.
    We wanted Jim Anderton as a temporary solution.

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  14. Monty (962 comments) says:

    Anderton is a sour prick and the people of Christchurch will be better off without him and his quadruple dippping. The old geezer has yet to be seen during the earthquake but there were rumours he was last seen panting on the end of a shovel (old Ministry of Works style) waiting for someone to take his phote.

    He is such a c**t that no one turned up.

    the only surprise is that he still have 41% support.

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  15. Pete George (22,754 comments) says:

    The only bad thing about the poll is it means we probably keep Jim as an MP for another year!

    Would we notice?

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  16. Redbaiter (13,197 comments) says:

    “Would we notice?”

    Yes we would. Every one of these thieving leeching left wing parasites is a piece of the huge millstone around the neck of each and every productive and hard working NZer.

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  17. Michael (894 comments) says:

    What makes anyone think Jim Anderton will retire at the next election? He’ll keep on taking the Parliamentary coin and Super payments as long as he can.

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  18. Inventory2 (10,092 comments) says:

    @ Michael; he’s already announced his decision to resign, and his pet Labour Party candidate Megan Woods has been chosen to succeed him at the trough.

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  19. Steve (4,491 comments) says:

    Who fills the trough each day? Must be those who pay tax, real Tax, not Civil Servant pseudo Tax

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  20. dad4justice (7,729 comments) says:

    Bob each way and old Jum feed on the public trough. Slop, slop, greed, greed. Both are full-time bureaucratic show ponies of little substance. Just sly socialists on the gravy train and you wonder why we got a 7.1 rock & roll show.

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  21. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Well said pq…Parker is a liar..Many voting for Jim Anderton don’t care too much about him , all they want is to see the back end of Parker. I don’t think many outside of ChCh can really understand what an abomination Parker has been as a mayor.

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  22. krazykiwi (9,189 comments) says:

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    Germany was forced to pay the reparations at the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 as compensation to the war-ravaged nations of Belgium and France and to pay the Allies some of the costs of waging what was then the bloodiest conflict in history, leaving nearly ten million soldiers dead.

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  23. louie (89 comments) says:

    pq/joana. ‘Parker is a liar’? Possibly but not about the Bexley item you cite, is is very clear he had incorrect advice on that.
    On the other hand as a leftie is is a given that Jim is a liar. I for one don’t trust him to resign from Parliament if he wins in Chch, we seen his phoney ‘resignation’ before.

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  24. Rich Prick (1,538 comments) says:

    “What is more frightening is that 41% support Anderton.”

    And Wigram has delivered the useless arsehole back in so many elections. Go figure. The People’s Republic of Wigram.

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  25. MIKMS (164 comments) says:

    Just casually… anyone else notice the polls have decided to include Jim again for the next election….do they know something we don’t…

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  26. Rich Prick (1,538 comments) says:

    “We wanted Jim Anderton as a temporary solution.”

    Must have been a fucking awful problem if you were desperate enough to stomach that prick temporarily. I’d cut off limbs before I thought that arse was a solution to anything. Temporary or otherwise.

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  27. Manolo (13,327 comments) says:

    I look forward to no longer seeing the old Stalinist Anderton around us. The dinosaur must be put out to pasture.

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  28. Inventory2 (10,092 comments) says:

    @ Rich Prick – there could be a bumper sticker in your comment:

    If Jim Anderton is the answer, it must have been a REALLY stupid question!

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  29. Pete George (22,754 comments) says:

    The poll, conducted and paid for by UMR Research, surveyed 361 Christchurch residents online between September 21 and 27.

    That’s a low sample limited to an online survey – what sort of reliability would that have?

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  30. bhudson (4,734 comments) says:

    Pete,

    probably as reliable as the poll that put Len Brown so far ahead in Auckland. (in fact perhaps this is more reliable as the sample size is a greater percentage of local population than the Ak one which was touted as living proof.)

    You choose

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  31. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    As I said previously , noone outside of ChCh seems to understand what an appalling job Parker did in his three years…He is not a politican..he is a telly presenter.

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  32. GPT1 (2,087 comments) says:

    Expensive way to save the city from Andertson but every cloud etc.

    Embarrassing to think 44% of people polled had a positive view of the “people’s mayor”. What dick.

    The other irony is that many of the valid criticisms of Parker are probably now strengths – he was pretty good at city vision and spending money!

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  33. MT_Tinman (2,985 comments) says:

    # joana (113) Says:
    September 30th, 2010 at 8:46 am

    As I said previously , noone outside of ChCh seems to understand what an appalling job Parker did in his three years…He is not a politican..he is a telly presenter.

    … and still a better bet than Anderton.

    I agree Parker has been a crap mayor BUT …

    Parker has handled the emergency brilliantly, not hogging publicity, not chasing photo’ opportunities but actually getting down and doing things that need doing.

    Only the blind and the politically deluded think otherwise.

    He gets my vote.

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  34. backster (2,074 comments) says:

    Much as I detest the blohard bludger and would hate to see him with the Christchurch Mayoral credit card I wouldn’t take any comfort from a UMR poll they always seem way out.

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  35. jaba (2,089 comments) says:

    in yesterday Herald, someone in Puke, down the road from my little town, compared Lenny B as their “Princess Diana” .. wtf?? I bet Jimbo would be worshiped so highly

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  36. tvb (4,196 comments) says:

    Even god does not want anderton even though anderton thinks he is god and he is here to bring heaven on earth. God had other ideas and thougt he would give them a taste of hell
    if they voted for anderton.

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  37. BlairM (2,286 comments) says:

    To steal a slogan from another campaign:

    Vote for the Liar. It’s important.

    Anderton must be put out to pasture permanently.

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  38. joana (1,983 comments) says:

    Anderton came out on top in a cultural comparison featured in to days Press..Parker does not read books.
    Readers are leaders..leaders are readers….

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