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Toot polling

  • September 14th, 2008

We’ve now conducted four  "placard waving at traffic" celebrations.  A few of the signs asked supporters to ‘toot’.  From the heartening horn-blowing we can now draw a few conclusions.

  • Our most demonstrative supporters drive red or reddish cars.
  • We can expect the most predictable support from trade vehicles.
  • If Maori and Polynesian drivers are representative it would be unsafe for Mike Williams to sponsor them to polling booths this election.
  • The big end of town (drivers of luxury cars) have gone left (or they’re too stuffy to support undignified street politics).
  • SUV drivers (other than late or luxury models) like us (or at least feel we do not despise them).

Only the last fitted any preconceptions.

The high level of Maori/Polynesian support was especially appreciated, as was the "air pressing" of the horn button on several of the many Ministerial cars that passed, the consistent taxi driver tooting, the bus drivers who gave tiny blasts (presumably to reduce the chance of complaints to the boss by Labour passengers) and other official vehicles I will not describe in case it starts a witch hunt. 

The red car effect was so strong our team speculated on the possibilities. Red car drivers are probably indifferent to their car colour as a statement of politics, or their allegiances have changed since they bought. Whatever the case Labour has no brand monopoly on red.

Should National mount a take-over? In the US the Republicans have red. It is a great colour for action (and Maori and Chinese voters).

Perhaps we should grab both blue and red and let Labour look for another!!. 


  • Jason
  • September 14th, 2008
  • 9:49 am

Dream on, Stephen.


The US red/blue thing has only been around since -I think – 2000, when US television networks decided they wanted nifty graphics showing the state-by-state electoral college vote. In their party advertising both parties are red, white and blue!

  • #13baby
  • September 15th, 2008
  • 12:36 am

I’m not sure associating yourself with the symbology of Red China is such a good idea, Stephen

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