Monday, 12 July 2010

The power of football

I alerted readers on Friday to the latest research showing the influence the success of high attendance football teams can have on support for incumbent governments. If you are one of those who choose to believe that opinion polls can actually measure support then this morning provides further evidence. With Geelong, St Kilda and Collingwood vying for the lead at the top of the AFL ladder, while in Queensland the Brisbane Broncos and North Queensland Cowboys are languishing outside the eight, The Age reports federal Labor are doing much better in Victoria than in Queensland
In Victoria, Labor is trailing the Coalition 40-42 per cent on the primary vote, but leads 54-46 per cent in two-party terms, thanks to a Green vote of 14 per cent. Queensland, with 10 Labor marginal seats, is by far the worst ALP state, where it trails 45-55 in two-party terms.”
No state figure was given in the Age story for what AC Nielsen found in South Australia, but presumably the government will be hoping Adelaide having a home town girl as prime minister will compensate for the disastrous performance this year of the ‘mighty’ Adelaide Crows and Port Power. Who would have imagined the day would come when a women’s netball team graced page one of The Advertiser as being “the pride of South Australia”?
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