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How to answer pollsters?
Vanity ^ | 10/12/12 | self

Posted on 10/11/2012 5:32:35 PM PDT by tips up

What is the best way to answer pollsters? I'm in a swing state and receive plenty of calls.

Is it better to be a Dem who is disappointed in Obama and planning to vote for Romney? Or vice versa? Or to just be honest?

Fun to play "operation chaos" but what would be the better strategy?


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: election; polls

1 posted on 10/11/2012 5:32:38 PM PDT by tips up
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To: tips up

I would tell them Green party or Lyndon LaRouche.


2 posted on 10/11/2012 5:34:08 PM PDT by Ouderkirk (Democrats...the party of Slavery, Segregation, Sodomy, and Sedition)
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To: tips up

35 yo Black democrat woman voting for Romney.


3 posted on 10/11/2012 5:34:08 PM PDT by No Socialist
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To: tips up
G F Y !

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4 posted on 10/11/2012 5:34:16 PM PDT by tomkat
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To: tips up

Why not just tell them the truth


5 posted on 10/11/2012 5:36:21 PM PDT by funfan
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To: tips up

I’ve gotten two polling calls in the last two days. I’m guessing they think Pennsylvania is close. In tonight’s poll, I was a young black female Muslim who is disappointed in how Obama is running the economy.


6 posted on 10/11/2012 5:36:57 PM PDT by PapaBear3625 (Charlie Daniels - Payback Time http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EWwTJj_nosI)
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To: tips up

I told the last pollster that I was an Independent for Romney.


7 posted on 10/11/2012 5:37:12 PM PDT by mollynme (cogito, ergo freepum)
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To: No Socialist

“35 yo Black democrat woman voting for Romney.”

LOL that’s exactly what I was for a recent poll! Great minds think alike!


8 posted on 10/11/2012 5:38:33 PM PDT by tips up (Living is easy with eyes closed, misunderstanding all you see.)
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To: PapaBear3625

>> In tonight’s poll, I was a young black female Muslim who is disappointed in how Obama is running the economy.

You’re having way too much fun.

Nobody polls us. I sometimes wish I was in a swing state.


9 posted on 10/11/2012 5:39:34 PM PDT by Nervous Tick ("You can ignore reality, but you can't ignore the consequences of ignoring reality.")
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In the past month I’ve been called 4 times. Independent voting for Romney.


10 posted on 10/11/2012 5:45:26 PM PDT by Jenny217
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To: tips up
I always tell them I'm going to vote for the one that is not a communist.

It is the truth.

11 posted on 10/11/2012 5:45:59 PM PDT by Condor 63
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To: tips up
Be polite and answer truthfully, and if you get the chance, ask them what they think about Obama and Romney.

Sometimes these polling outfits hire regular folk at minimum wage.

If they say they can't answer you that means that their bosses might be listening in on the conversation.

If you are thoughtful and polite you just might be talking to someone who has never really talked to a true blue conservative before. Be a good example.

12 posted on 10/11/2012 5:46:51 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: tips up

I think we have reached the demoralize Obama stage.

they probably know your registration but if not, state democrat voting for Romney.

Anything to bury the Obama troops with dispair and tears.


13 posted on 10/11/2012 5:46:51 PM PDT by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: tips up

Still undecided.


14 posted on 10/11/2012 5:49:02 PM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: tips up

Maybe I’m cynical, but I figure they’ll get the results that they want, and if you say anything else, they’ll just ignore it.

So, I obey my instincts, and just hang up on them.

Oddly enough, I’ve gotten a number of calls here in Vermont, a state which I would hardly think is in play. And campaign calls from Bernie Sanders and Mitt Romney. I just hang up on them all, I’m afraid.


15 posted on 10/11/2012 5:50:40 PM PDT by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: tips up

My answers would get me zotted.......


16 posted on 10/11/2012 5:52:20 PM PDT by onona (Taglines R Us)
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To: tips up

My husband was polled last night (WI). He told them that he was a conservative independent who couldn’t remember whom he voted for in 2008 but that he was certain that he would vote for Romney in 2012. He did tell them his birth year.

He also got into a spat with the pollster who was a black male. The man asked wHEN my husband would vote and my husband wouldn’t tell him. Finally he said “early”. But he told the pollster that it was none of his business to ask when my husband would vote, and he explained that if my husband said that he’d vote “after work” that somebody could come in ahead of him and vote in his place.

The truth of the matter is that both of us have already voted. But, with a heavy turn out expected, it is not likely that our absentee votes will be tabulated until late in the day, or even after the polls close. That would leave our votes vulnerable to fraudsters all day long.

Upon reflection, that is a really odd question for a pollster to ask.


17 posted on 10/11/2012 5:52:27 PM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: tips up

When you get a recording hit a wrong button to give the answer. Next time someone live comes on even Rachael form Card Holders Services I will hit one and ask the telemarketer “Do you know Jesus”


18 posted on 10/11/2012 5:56:59 PM PDT by mountainlion (Live well for those that did not make it back.)
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To: tips up

I told one poller that I was independent and voting for Romney. In truth, I’d be Tea Party if it was a formal political party. Too many Republican leaders are too far left.


19 posted on 10/11/2012 5:59:56 PM PDT by tbw2
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Since your in Wisconsin, mind if I ask a question?

I drove through Wisconsin last weekend. Up I-94 out of this socialist hell-hole called Illinois to I-43, and onto 41 just north of Green Bay on my way to the Upper Peninsula.

For those 280'ish or so miles, I did not see a single Obama-Biden sign anywhere along I-43, or US 41.

I did see a fair amount of Romney-Ryan billboards and signs along the highway and in the farm fields. I also noticed I didn't see a single Obama-Biden bumpersticker. I did see plenty of Romney-Ryan bumperstickers, and also "I Stand With Scott Walker" bumperstickers.

We're being told via the Chicago media that Wisconson is "firmly Obama." It sure didn't look that way as I drove through, but then I was on the interstate the entire time.

What's your take on how close the race is in Wisconsin? Do Romney-Ryan have a reasonable chance of winning the state?

20 posted on 10/11/2012 6:08:12 PM PDT by usconservative (When The Ballot Box No Longer Counts, The Ammunition Box Does. (What's In Your Ammo Box?))
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To: mountainlion

I have had callers claiming to be pollsters, but, being the paranoid that I am, ultimately, I have no idea who is REALLY calling.
Maybe it’s a potential burglar, trying to find out when/if I’m home? Maybe it’s someone from my job, trying to find out who I’m voting for, for God knows what reason? Or, maybe it IS a pollster, but they’re using prison-labor to make the calls?
So, I just hang up on ‘em.


21 posted on 10/11/2012 6:45:05 PM PDT by Radagast the Fool ("Be Brave! Be Brave! Be Brave!" -"War Horse")
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To: tips up

Scream and hang up.


22 posted on 10/11/2012 7:08:57 PM PDT by Thud
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To: tips up

If you want to cause them maximum pain, answer the phone, say hello and when the first question comes say you refuse to cooperate. Hang up.

There is no way for them correct for bias in samples that return null information. It absolutely kills their claim of accuracy.


23 posted on 10/11/2012 7:53:07 PM PDT by DManA
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To: tips up

Either decline to participate or fall back on what your Mom and Dad should have explained to you about honesty.

This shouldn’t be a hard question.


24 posted on 10/11/2012 8:42:09 PM PDT by biggerten (Love you, Mom.)
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To: PapaBear3625
I’ve gotten two polling calls in the last two days. I’m guessing they think Pennsylvania is close. In tonight’s poll, I was a young black female Muslim who is disappointed in how Obama is running the economy.

Yep, I'm in PA and I've gotten too many polling calls to remember.

Tonight I was a 44 year old, divorced, mother of 2 latina that voted for obama in 08 but am now voting for Romney.

I lie every time that the poll is automated.

I'm not sure about strategery, but it feels good to mess with them.

25 posted on 10/11/2012 8:47:07 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages, start today.)
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To: tips up

You would be an instant hit if you would publish a list of who polled you,why they chose you, and what they asked.


26 posted on 10/11/2012 9:48:19 PM PDT by sarasmom
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To: longtermmemmory
they probably know your registration but if not, state democrat voting for Romney.

Chances are they don't know your registration. It's possible to cross reference that information, but they don't have time. Polling is very expensive, and they can't afford to slow down to look up details.

27 posted on 10/12/2012 3:17:35 AM PDT by Pollster1 (Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. - Ronald Reagan)
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To: usconservative

If we count signs and bumperstickers, this state is firmly Romney/Ryan. Of course, I don’t live in Dane County where, I’m sure, the sign distribution would be the opposite of the area where you were driving. I live in the area where you traveled — north of Milwaukee — and I know of 6 Obama signs in the neighborhoods, even though my house is 2 miles from the Obama headquarters in Cedarburg. Those signs are all on houses that favored the Walker recall. It is far different from 2008 where Obama signs were everywhere.


28 posted on 10/12/2012 4:24:22 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: usconservative

If we count signs and bumperstickers, this state is firmly Romney/Ryan. Of course, I don’t live in Dane County where, I’m sure, the sign distribution would be the opposite of the area where you were driving. I live in the area where you traveled — north of Milwaukee — and I know of 6 Obama signs in the neighborhoods, even though my house is 2 miles from the Obama headquarters in Cedarburg. Those signs are all on houses that favored the Walker recall. It is far different from 2008 where Obama signs were everywhere.


29 posted on 10/12/2012 4:24:22 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic (Joe Biden is reported to be seeking asylum in a foreign country so he does not have to debate Ryan.)
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To: tips up

I pulled the plug, they cannot reach me even if they believed in telepathy. Phone is restricted and screened.


30 posted on 10/12/2012 4:26:15 AM PDT by Eye of Unk (OPSEC)
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To: Condor 63

That is similar to my voting strategy, although I never do polls: I am voting for the one who knows what our Constitution means to us and the world.


31 posted on 10/12/2012 4:29:25 AM PDT by ican'tbelieveit (School is prison for children who have commited the crime of being born. (attr: St_Thomas_Aquinas))
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