Auros (auros) wrote,

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Pollster call...

Hmm. I just answered a robopoll call, which seemed legit. It introduced itself as being from (I think) ANS Research, and said that the results would be made available to TV and radio news outlets. Can't find the company online, but I'm not actually sure I heard the name right, and the series of questions definitely sounded like a standard poll. Here's the questions, in shorthand (I was punching them in while taking the poll)...

announcement of who call is from. willing to take poll?
rate economy (excellent, good, fair, poor)
getting better or worse?
age bracket
political party
work status (gov, self, private corp, retired, unemployed, out of labor force)
rate personal finances (excellent, etc)
is the US now in a recession
is the US likely to be in a recession within 6mo
own $5k+ in investments?
prefer lo-risk/lo-return, hi-risk/hi-return, or unsure?
relative to 1 year ago, has your portfolio gained or lost?
if you were handed a large amount of money, would you invest in real-estate, stock, bonds, bank savings?
somewhat/strongly approve/disapprove of Bush?
over near future, is your corp hiring or laying off?
are you worried about job loss?
happy at job?
how many people at corp?
are you: exec / manager / employee?
work time status: full, part looking for full, voluntarily part
what industry?
do you plan to still be at job in five years?
will next job be better?
do you think you have better opportunities staying at corp, or leaving?
who is winning the War on Terror?
Will the situation in Iraq be better or worse in six months?
In the long run, will Iraq be seen as a success?
rate Bush on handling Iraq
Is the US safer than before 9/11 ?
Marital Status
Thanks, bye.

In any case, here's hoping I've done my part to drag down Dubya's approval numbers. A typical poll reaches ~1000 people, and counts 500-750 as part of the final sample. So my answers should take him down something like 0.1% or 0.2%...

While I'm talking politics, I should mention that I was at a party thrown by the Do More Than Vote coalition last night, and, met a number of interesting folks. (Carl Pope discussed growing up going to public school in Montgomery County... Apparently a coalition of high-schoolers in the county recently got the local gov't to pledge to buy only renewable power...) I was handing out Angelides stuff (stickers, buttons, etc), and thus attracted a decent amount of attention. (I'm all out of a bunch of my supplies now. Oops. I hope I can replenish at the YoungDems thing in Burlingame on Saturday. Phil will be there, and hopefully the staff will have boxes o' swag.) One of the people who stopped to talk to me was Alix Rosenthal, who is running for a seat on the SF Board of Supervisors against Bevan Dufty (who is criticized for being in favor of business and gentrification over community). Alix's big platform issue is affordable housing -- the middle class and working stiffs should be able to live close to where they work. (This is, of course, an environmental issue, too.) If you're an SF voter, I strongly encourage you to read the BeyondChron interview. Very interesting. She's also a friend and supporter of Ross Mirkarimi, whom I've met on a few occasions, and was impressed by. And although she's been working for IRV, she at least was open to letting me show her a couple examples of where IRV has problems... I don't know if it really got across (it was kinda crowded and loud), but maybe. I really need to dig up the card she gave me, and email some more details...

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