September 09, 2006
Cassie was right
In the quest for the perfect focus group last Wednesday I asked Cassie, one of the staff at the gym, what she thought of the election. At that stage she was pretty full-bore on the prospects for the "Broncs" and Collingwood, but hadn't really thought about the election. Channel Nine isn't covering the election, because they're too busy screening football games, so perhaps they consult Cassie on elections like I do.
This morning I saw her there again. She couldn't wait to tell me that she knew what she was going to do - she was voting for Peter Beattie. We then had a discussion about what electorate she was in, and whether that was indeed possible. In fact I think she was probably going to vote for Andrew Fraser in Mount-Cootha.
I asked her why. She told me that she didn't want anything to change. That appears, at this early stage to be the story of this election. Incumbents in most cases look like they've done well. A few seats are changing hands, but essentially the status quo will more or less prevail in terms of overall numbers.
Cassandra's not a propitious name when it comes to people taking notice, but at election time, all the Cassie's count.Posted by Graham at September 9, 2006 07:35 PM