Andrew Laming, federal MP for Bowman, is surveying all households in his electorate.
People can choose to complete and return it – or not. Normally surveys like this have a very low return rate (and, therefore, accuracy) – so what’s the real point of doing it?
His survey appears to have three purposes:
- Marketing – promotion of Andrew Laming as the local MP
- Research – finding out what people think about various issues
- Advocacy – collecting data that can be used (or misused) for political argument
Andrew Laming’s survey is an opt-in poll which means replies will likely be significantly skewed compared to a survey that asks questions of a randomly selected cross section of the community.
Some questions in the Andrew Laming survey might give a useful indication of what those people who respond think about issues. He has already committed to reflecting the majority views of survey respondents on the subject of Marriage Equality, but only if there is a free vote. Other questions appear to be market research type questions for profiling people in the Bowman electorate e.g. “Are you a person of faith?”
Some questions appear designed to get data to support positions that Andrew Laming already holds. For example, do you support Toondah Harbour? The questions are vague and lack any real definition of the issues…. so that results could easily be misused.
If you get a copy of the Andrew Laming survey in your mailbox, take a minute to review the questions carefully and think about why each question is being asked and what the answers might be used for.
Remember, you don’t always have to answer questions. Politicians often avoid answering questions when it doesn’t suit their agenda.
Redlands2030 Survey about Andrew Laming MP
Redlands2030 thinks that some people may like an alternative way of giving feedback to Andrew Laming, Federal MP for Bowman so we have prepared a simple on-line survey with three questions that should only take a couple of minutes to answer.
This is an opt-in survey (just like Andrew Laming’s survey) which means that the results will only reflect the views of people who respond.
1. Focus of effort – pick one of three choices
2. Priority of effort – pick maximum of five issues
3 Performance assessment – answer yes or no and comment if you want to
How does Andrew Laming vote in Parliament?
To see how Andrew Laming actually votes on issues for you in Parliament go to this website.