Newcastle upon Tyne Dec 23, 2017 22:52:23 GMT
Post by Khunanup on Dec 23, 2017 22:52:23 GMT
Dec 23, 2017 21:53:05 GMT @joe said:
I'm sure we all know of households knocked up on polling day by all three parties because they were down on all their canvass returns as supporters/probable.
I certainly have.
(From a position of total ignorance I offer no view on the specifics of Newcastle.)
I’ve been realiably informed that the best canvassing technique if you have the resources is to canvass streets twice- once as Conservative once as Labour. Apparently this sorts effectively out the undecideds into genuine undecideds (probably your voters!) and socialists who don’t want to upset you. In my view this is morally questionable (haven’t done it myself). Do suspect that very few people who are canvassed as U end up voting for us.
I think your scepticism may result in part from you being a Lib Dem - it must be very hard to get good data for LD knock ups as nobody actually identifies as a Lib Dem - in my experience your vote comes from various types of ‘not
It’s pretty easy to identify solid Conservatives even with mediocre canvassers.
Good canvassing is far more than just identifying your own voters though, especially in these days of micro-targeting etc. That's what Gwyn's getting at. Just about anyone can identify your party's (whichever party that might be) solid voters which in an awful lot of places just isn't enough to win. It's a mistake I've seen time and time again and exposes either crap strategy or rubbish canvassing.
In places where we've ongoing underlying strength it's pretty easy to get solid Lib Dems, at least locally...