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Jan Heirtzler ([personal profile] jan_andrea) wrote2009-05-05 01:12 pm


I just got the *worst* push-poll I've ever heard. It was from "CPRAction", funded by NOM (National Organization for Marriage), and it made me *so* angry! They introduce the call with the note about the NH senate approving same-sex marriageThey ask (robocall): "Do you agree that marriage between only one man and one woman should be legal?"

Which, of course, sounds like you're being asked if heterosexual marriage should be legal. Well, duh. Why not?

But I couldn't just say yes, because they want their poll to say "99% of respondents believe that only heterosexual marriage should be legal!"

So I said "That's a very poorly worded question."

And the robot said "You must answer yes or no."

So I said "No."

Then it asked if I'd donated to a campaign, church, religious organization, or other non-profit groups. Well, I have -- quite a lot of the first and last categories, actually -- so I said yes.

And then it asked for demographics. "Are you male?" (Because that's the default, of course.) "No." "Are you above the age of 50?" "No." "This concludes our call. This poll has been funded by CPR Action and the National Organization for Marriage."

I yelled, "You suck!!" into the receiver but there was no human to hear me.

Damned robots. Damned NOM. How twisted is this so-called "poll" going to turn out, the way they've worded it?

[identity profile] mybonnykate.livejournal.com 2009-05-05 05:22 pm (UTC)(link)
You should forward this to Andrew Sullivan, Marc Ambinder, and Nate Silver. They've been good about outing push polls and their readerships are huge.

[identity profile] jan-andrea.livejournal.com 2009-05-05 05:30 pm (UTC)(link)
Thank you -- I will certainly do that!

[identity profile] wuduaelfen.livejournal.com 2009-05-05 05:31 pm (UTC)(link)
We got that too and Webb handled it similarly.

[identity profile] joy-disaster.livejournal.com 2009-05-05 08:50 pm (UTC)(link)
that is so SLIMY! I can't believe how underhanded the conservative causes can be

[identity profile] cad-red-ducati.livejournal.com 2009-05-05 09:37 pm (UTC)(link)
arrgh! I got that poll too and I was too confused when I picked up the phone...I said yes, becouse I belive that marriage should be legal for everyone, but you are right it's such a bullshit poll. it didn't ask me any other questions after that. the "are you male?" question would have driven me up a wall too.

take heart, my friend, they are losing and they know it, did you see the numbers about how more Americans are OK with gay marriage in the last couple of *months*? and all the polling data that shows that young people, even those wacky evgangical "christain" types don't get upset about the gay thing the way their elder counter parts do?

it's only a matter of time.

[identity profile] pangeo.livejournal.com 2009-05-06 01:25 pm (UTC)(link)
I had the same call yesterday and replied the same way (NO to the first question). I hope that they wound up calling a majority of people like us - would serve the pollsters right.

Advantage of a robo-call is that the data will be counted, whereas if it were a 'live person' they could have aborted it.

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