Last night (17 April) TV3 Campbell Live ran a poll on Louisa Wall’s same-sex ‘marriage’ bill (the so-called ‘Marriage-Equality bill’) and there were “nearly 17,000” respondents (by text) to the question: “Do you support the ‘Marriage-Equality bill’?” – YES or NO.
TV3 host John Campbell announced the results at the end of the programme: 78% opposed to bill (“NO”) and only 22% supported it (“YES”). Campbell stated that he believed this was the second largest number of responses ever received to a TV3 poll.
In Parliament last night the Bill was supported at its Third Reading by a majority of MPs: 77 in favour: 43 opposed. This result is a total reversal of the TV3 poll results and shows that opponents of the bill are right in demanding a referendum on this issue.
Why has there been a media blackout on this TV3 poll result that suggests that the majority of MPs may have misjudged the strength of public opinion against this bill?