Last week I worked my way through Vote Compass, the final result being that my interests closely matched those of the Labour party. Before doing this exercise, I was tossing up between whether I would be voting for Labour or the Greens. So even though the description of Vote Compass claims it will not influence voting, I think it will.
But at least if it does influence voting at least it would seem to be helping people make an educated vote which does reflect their preferences.
With all the widely reported data emerging from Vote Compass about what the important issues are for New Zealanders one has to ask whether this will affect electioneering and even the policies the different parties promote. I would think it would have to because a political party would be stupid to ignore the issues that New Zealanders are indicating are important (and therefore may influence their vote).
I’d be interested to know how others have interpreted their experience with Vote Compass and if they think it will influence their voting?