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Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:46 AM

I'm on some super polling list

Not for any of the major polling companies - for odd named companies whose names I never remember with blocked or spoofed numbers. I'm getting at least one or two calls a day.

At least one type of call is for Romney's internal polling. Those are all robocalls. The voice is always the same, a nice, generic female voice. She starts out telling me that there are only four polling questions (which is a lie), asks demographic info (sex, age, race, party registration) then asks if I have already voted, if I will vote before election day, who I will vote for President, for Senate, and for House of Representatives.

At one point I wrote down the company and Googled it - it was listed by several sources as Romney's internal polling company. In the last week or so the name of the polling company is different in every call but the recorded voice and questions are identical.

The other polling company has only called twice and I have not caught the name of the company. The questioner is a live person with a very heavy Indian accent. The young women have trouble understanding my Southern accent and I have trouble understanding theirs. They go into a lot more detail with their questions and take notes on any comments I make elaborating on my answers. With our mutual difficulty in communicating this makes for some amusement on my part.

I could just hang up on the calls but I LIKE influencing the direction of their polls.

Anybody else getting polling calls like these?

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:49 AM

1. Yes, I'm in Florida, registered as an I but am getting two, three a day. I answer them all...LOL.

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Response to monmouth (Reply #1)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 11:57 AM

2. I'm in Florida also - life long Democrat

I've always enjoyed answering polls. My husband and I joke that we are usually "other" on those things so we skew their results.

I even got a call to be on Mitt's telephone town hall the week before the town hall debate. I would have stayed on and tried to get a question in about women's issues but I was running a fever and coughing so bad I just hung up on him. Then the RNC called asking for donations and I blew my stack - told the little girl (she sounded as if she was under 20) to take me off ALL RNC calling lists and to never call me again.

I hope our answers are giving Mitt and his campaign guys bleeding ulcers worrying about Florida!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:08 PM

3. Nope. Not polled once.

Well except for the ballot I cast for Obama-Biden.

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Response to ffr (Reply #3)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 01:04 PM

5. How do you get so lucky?

Maybe they call me over and over since I don't hang up on them?

Thanks for your vote!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:11 PM

4. Yep--altho they slowed down after we voted

And we refused to tell them how we voted.
Hubby likes to mess with the pollsters--he wants polls to be disregarded as useless. Then maybe they'll go away. But there were some days we got 3-4 polls a day several days a week. Have pity for Ohio!

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Response to Maeve (Reply #4)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 01:10 PM

6. I'll go vote next week - early voting starts here tomorrow

And I expect the weekend to be busy since the Republican legislature cut off the second voting weekend.

I figure if I go vote some morning midweek it will be easier and I can park closer to the door. My temporary handicapped runs out the end of the month so I my just use it one last time to make voting easier.

I love skewing polls - way back I was a Nielsen Net person when they were evaluating how people used the internet BEFORE the world wide web. The quarter I was in their survey the internet use by women in my age group quadrupled in their poll data. Until then middle aged women were a very small percentage of the internet using population!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 01:39 PM

7. Don't know, since I don't answer the phone much

If the caller id shows "tool free call" or an out of state number I don't recognize or "X for Congress" or anything with survey in its name I don't pick up.

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Response to Retrograde (Reply #7)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 03:40 PM

9. Too many of my relatives and friends block their numbers

So many of my calls come from unidentified numbers. Plus, I still run a business here. While my phone number is now a personal not a business number, it was my business number for thirty something years. I still get business calls from blocked numbers it that can generate business.

Besides, I like being able to lean the polls our way!

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 01:47 PM

8. ARG polled me here in VA

 

The guy on the line didn't sound too happy when I told him I was VERY LIKELY voting Obama and VERY LIBERAL.

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Response to blazeKing (Reply #8)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 03:42 PM

10. One of the pollsters asked me if I'd consider voting for Romney

And was not happy when I replied, "Not even with a gun pointed at my head!" The call went downhill from there when she asked what I thought of the Tea Party. I managed to describe them without using expletives but it was hard.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 04:44 PM

11. Somewhat off topic, but are Pollsters allowed to call cell phones?

The reason I ask is because I have not been polled once this election, when I usually get multiple calls. Coincidentally (or not?) this is also my first general election year without a land-line.

Meanwhile, friends and relatives who still have their land-lines continue to get polling calls. Just wondering if there might be some correlation? Maybe because owning a cell is so new (to me) that my # might not be on their lists?

I'm bummed, because like the OP, I too enjoy receiving political polling calls.

As an aside, I have a nephew who is a full time college student w/a part time telemarketing job, and he told me that he doesn't think his telemarketing company is allowed to call cell phones, but does not know if this applies to everyone, or the 'automatic dialers' his company uses. Something to do with TCPA guidelines.

Thanks in advance to anyone who may know.

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Response to csziggy (Original post)

Fri Oct 26, 2012, 05:20 PM

12. I got my first polling call yesterday on my cell phone

I loved doing it. I did not catch the name of the polling company but was very excited to tell the person on the phone (who was also very much amused) when she asked how likely I was to vote for Todd Akin that I would not vote for Todd Akin if someone was holding a gun to my head. I am all about answering polls honestly!!

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