A Herald Dodgy-Poll
Well, how timely. The Herald has done a poll and concluded that half the country supports civil unions.
Of course, the Herald always wanted to say that. But do you know how many people were polled?
Sixty. Yes, just 60. And most did not recognise the name "Civil Union Bill" when approached by the journalists who conducted the poll. So what the Herald journalists did was to tell some people that the Civil Union Bills provide next of kin rights.
So of course some people supported it. Those who did not support it indicated that they were more likely to understand the bill.
Sixty is pretty close to the margin of error on the Herald's last poll - but it won`t stop the ideological view bandied about by some that civil unions has "majority support". How can you translate a poll of 60 people, many of whom don’t understand what they are being polled about, to the view of the nation on an issue?
This is nothing less than a dodgy poll and a beat-up. Go to a church or a gay nightclub and you`ll get a different poll result;
UPDATE It appears that the 60 was the number of people interviewed by the Herald journalists. The paper does not actually say how many were polled. It could well have been a lot more. But, for now, let's say at least 60, OK? Another poll, of 6170 - at least eight times bigger than any Herald poll, and of people who are more likely to understand theissues, was more than 95 percent opposed. They are the people who sent off submissions to the select committee.
Meanwhile the Government is looking at reviewing the Property Relationships Act, as part of its deliberations on the Relationships ( Statutory References) Bill. Although I support both the PRA and the RSR Bill, I did recommend in my submission MP's look at the inconsistency.
The Property Relationships Act says couples who have lived together for three years will be treated as if they were married.
But the Relationships Bill has no reference to the length of a relationship. Depending on how "de facto" is interpreted, it could apply as soon as people move in together.
That’s because there is no interpretation given by the bill.