Since 1996 I’ve done an analysis of the election results after each general election. They have a number of aspects to them. The 2011 analysis is embedded below for those interested. It is 46 pages long. It includes:
- Overall results for NZ for each party and for each “bloc”.
- The change from 2008 to 2011 for each party and bloc.
- Results for each party and bloc by region and area.
- The change from 2008 to 2011 for each party and bloc by region and area.
- National’s Party Vote, Party Vote %, Electorate Vote, Electorate Vote %, Party Vote Change, Party Vote Relative Change, Electorate Vote Change, Electorate Vote Relative Change, and Electorate Vote compared to Party Vote – for each electorate from best to worst.
- Electorate Margins (from Nat point of view) and Electorate Majorities for all electorates.
- Labour’s Party Vote %, Electorate Vote %, Electorate Vote compared to Party Vote, Electorate Vote compared to Party Vote for Lab & Greens, Party Vote Change, Electorate Vote Change.
- Greens’ Party Vote % and Party Vote Change
- NZ First Party Vote % and Party Vote Change
- Conservative Party Vote %
- Maori Party Vote % and Party Vote Change
- Mana Party Vote %
- ACT Party Vote % and Party Vote Change
- United Party Vote % and Party Vote Change
- Right, Centre and Left Blocs Party Vote % and Party Vote Change
- Right vs Left Vote % and Party Vote Change
- Total Number of Voters per electorate
- Party Placings for Party and Electorate Vote
I usually update it once the E9 is published with further statistics such as Turnout percentage for each electorate.
What most struck me in compiling the results is the huge change in party vote in Christchurch. National’s vote went up 7.3% there and Labour’s dropped a massive 10.3%. This is much larger than the +2.4% National went up nationally and the 6.5% Labour dropped nationally. It is a huge endorsement of the work done by the Government, especially Gerry Brownlee. Labour MPs spent months complaining about various issues, setting others up to complain, and even came out with a super-bribe of offering affected home owners more. The fact their vote dropped 10.3% in Christchurch should lead them to reconsider their tactics if there is a future situation like this.
Christchurch used to be called “The People’s Republic of Christchurch” but in 2011 it voted more strongly for National than Auckland did. There is a reason for that.