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06 November 2013 @ 12:41 pm
Strikingly different poll styles.  
I got two telephone polls yesterday, which turned out to be very different. The first one seemed to be some sort of long-term Republican strategy thing, and asked for, among other things, "in your own words" descriptions of stuff that matters to me (judging by the sound, she typed in my answers).

By contrast, the second poll was following a rather inflexible script, and wasn't satisfied with my declining to say how I voted in yesterday's election. I eventually hung up on her three times; Beth told her to stop calling the fourth time.

I wonder how much my responses (or lack thereof) wind up mattering.
Alpine Butterfly Lodge: newalpinebutterfly on November 6th, 2013 10:39 pm (UTC)
I got the inflexible poll people. She didn't like my answer that when they tallied the votes, one of them would be mine (rather than telling her who I voted for), but she did move on. She acknowledged me reminding her there were more than two political parties. But I think I must have gotten to the end of her questionnaire, because she didn't call again.

Edited at 2013-11-06 10:40 pm (UTC)
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on November 7th, 2013 05:16 am (UTC)
Who on earth pays these people? Someone in Sunnyvale I guess.

I couldn't believe the volume of election mail for the city council elections this year. There was a least an inch of it. Nearly all for the 3 candidates endorsed by the current city council. I save it all and look at it on the night before the election. I had one flyer each from each of the other 3, and stacks and stacks from the folks who won by a large margin.

I was sad all three measures passed -- I can see changing the election cycle, but usually this type of thing is done for a specific candidate for a specific political reason. Someone thinks they'll get a better deal being on-cycle, or someone will get an extra year in office.

I ended up voting a straight "I lose" ticket. I'm not terribly happy with all the extra regulations Sunnyvale has been putting on small businesses. I closed my video business over the paper bag thing. There's no way I'm going to file quarterly reports or be faced with a $500 fine when I have 1 customer per year.