Labour voted to introduce a gender quota for their MPs (alongside a bunch of other initiatives). Queue general outrage amongst pundits and political commentators and tongue-clucking about ‘the fringe’ dominating the party. Won’t this lead to lower quality MPs? Would it mean Labour super-stars like List MP Rajan Prasad couldn’t make it back into Parliament?
So taking a gander at my new buddy the New Zealand Election Study, here’s what a large sample of voters think of gender representation in Parliament:
So just under 30% of voters uncategorically want more female MPs. That’s a lot more people than, say, support partial privatization of the power companies.
And – just out of curiosity – I broke down the party vote of the people who want fewer MPs (bearing in mind that the sample size at this level is pretty small, so might be wildly inaccurate):
I suspect it correlates closely with age . . .