Entry for October 11, 2007
A few minutes ago I received an automated telephone poll from the
Rassmussen organization. After answering the usual demographic
questions, age, sex, political affiliation, etc., I was given three
choices for parties, of course: D, R, or OTHER!
I answered Other, of course. I wonder if I could organize the Other
Party, they're in all the polls! Wouldn't it be nice to be the Other
National Chairman? A spokesperson for the Others, what prestige!
Almost enough to make one feel Other-worldly.
I was asked which group I thought would have the biggest effect on the outcome of the 2008 Presidential election: 1) African-Americans, 2) Hispanics, 3) Gays, 4) Evangelical Christians 5) I don't know.
I answered 5. I don't know (and I don't care).
Then I was asked if I had to chose, would watch a Presidential debate
or the World Series?
I answered World Series.
Then I was asked how often I watched major league baseball?
I answered seldom. (I can watch a debate when I want online. Why shouldn't I watch the World Series to avoid the terrible counter-programming.)
"Thank you and Good-bye."
I was also asked the standard question about which track the country
was on: right or wrong.
No option for "off-the-track".
I was asked about withdrawing American troops from Iraq.
I answered immediately - immediately.
These were the salient questions.
I've been polled before (not counting online Zogby or Harris), at least
once before. I'm still not impressed.
BTW, I think there was a target demographic for this poll: The likely
voter in the Republican Presidential primary in Oklahoma. Or, perhaps, an undisclosed 'Independent' or 'Other' candidate.