Friday, July 27, 2012

Is There Value in the Polls?

Ron Paul taking questions in Manchester, NH
 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The phone rings at 3:35 pm, right in the middle of my writing time. I consider not answering, but the piercing ring gets to me.

Me: (tentatively) Hello

The voice on the other end of the line: (a little too exuberantly) Hello!!!

Me: (silence)

The voice: (worried) Hello?

Me: Uh huh

The voice: Hi! I'm with xxxxx polls. If you had to vote today, would you vote for Romney or Obama?

Me: (hang up)

And I think (in this order):

Why did I pick up the phone?

Please don't call me back.

I should have asked them to take me off the calling list. (Can you do that for pollsters?)

I should have answered, "Ron Paul." Not that I really plan to vote for Ron Paul, but I amuse myself momentarily by thinking it would be fun to give her an answer that isn’t in the script.

And I wonder (in this order):


How did she record my answer? As undecided, perhaps? Uncooperative? Either would be an assumption on her part. The only accurate recording would be "refused to participate."

Do other people just answer honestly, unfazed by the intrusion to their day? Can their responses be believed? Is it just me that is tempted to give a snarky response?

Is there someone out there who actually wants the pollsters to call them?