It appears not only are American media people out of touch, but the Australian media is too.
Check out this headline from Fox News: “Australia’s conservative coalition scores stunning political victory in general election, defies polls forecasting loss”
I know it’s hard to believe that a poll got it wrong, but so did the pundits. Conservatism is on the rise around the world, no one has just yet told the pundits about it.
Remember Brexit? They were wrong there, too.
Here’s the Australian story. Down under they call the Conservative party is the Liberal/Nationalist Party. Guess it’s an Aussie thing.
Conservative coalition defied polls and scored a stunning political victory in the country’s general election on Saturday, with the main opposition party officially conceding the defeat.
Opposition leader Bill Shorten called Prime Minister Scott Morrison to congratulate him on the election victory. He told Labor party supporters that his party didn’t win enough seats to form a coalition government.
“I know that you’re all hurting, and I am too. And without wanting to hold out any false hope, while there are still millions of votes to count … it is obvious that Labor will not be able to form the next government,” he said. “In the national interest, a short while ago, I called Scott Morrison to congratulate him.”
Morrison used his victory speech to thank “quiet Australians” who led the coalition to the stunning political victory.
“It’s Australians who have worked hard, started a business, started a family, bought a home,” he said. “These are the quiet Australians who have won a great victory tonight.”
The conservative Liberal-National Party coalition is reportedly on course to win 74 seats in the 151-seat lower parliamentary house, with 65 seats to Labor and 12 undecided.
But there was at least one casualty on the conservative side. Former prime minister Tony Abbot conceded defeat in the Sydney seat he has held since 1994.
Abbot tried to put a positive spin on his loss, telling his supporters: “I want to say to you: there is good news and bad news. There is every chance that the Liberal-National Coalition has won the election.”
“This – this is a really extraordinary result. It is a stupendous result. It is a great result for Scott Morrison and the rest of the wider Liberal team, and Scott Morrison will now, quite rightly, enter the Liberal pantheon forever,” he added.
The win defies pre-election opinion polls that suggested the conservative coalition would lose the election, with Morrison having one of the shortest tenures as prime minister in the 118-year history of Australia.
Australian online bookmaker Sportsbet even paid out 1.3 million Australian dollars ($900,000) to bettors who backed Labor two days before the election.
That’s why it’s no use to pay any attention to our own polls or pundits here. They haven’t gotten it right.