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If asked to take a political poll, do you lie?

By maxwell edison ·
I've been asked to take no fewer than a half-dozen political polls over the past two weeks. Without exception, I've lied on all questions. I hate polls. I especially hate polls that are made up to make news. I do everything I can do discredit them.

What do you do?

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I talk their ears off.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to If asked to take a politi ...

Give them ambiguous answers. Make them work to figure out how to fit my answer into their tidy little bullsh*t cubbyhole for a response.

They wanna know what I think? Whatever is on their 'acceptable response list' ain't gonna cover it.

typical grammar/typo edit

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Waste their time

by maxwell edison In reply to I talk their ears off.
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I'd deal

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Waste their time

in inane blather, but they just hang up.

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Good reason for that

by Oz_Media In reply to I'd deal

They don't want to waste their time anymore than you feel they are wasting your time.

Believe me, if you are not interested and are polite about it, they will move on, they have better things to do than force you to lie to them.

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by Oz_Media In reply to I talk their ears off.

I have to wonder why you think that wasting someones time is so amusing, and why you feel the person calling you is the right person to complain about?

I am sure that people don't want to hear from you at work, there may be clients that just don't want to deal with you but they do, just as you have favorite and not so favorite people in your day to day life too.

Do you purposely waste their time too or do you afford them SOME respect and simply move on?

I just don't get the big issue of being too cool to speak with telemarketers.

They, just as you or I, have been employed to conduct a task. It is not their concept, they do not write the lists, dial the numbers (usually as autodialers do it now)and don't make up the questions to ask you, they are just trying to pay their bills without becoming the next bum, scamming yoru welfare system.

They have a job to do, ifg you're not interested or don't have time, fair enough, say so and hang up. Wasting their time or lieing to them is exactly WHY these polls are so inaccurate, useless and laughed at.

If yuo are so inept that yuo can't even deal with a telemarketer in a professional manner, then it is no wonder so many people are so useless on a social level unless within their circle.

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They call me up to find out what I think.

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Why

None of the answers I'm offered fit what I think. If they want to know what I think, they can put up with knowing what I think, which in fact is sometimes ambiguous, sometimes unclear, and never within the cubby hole I'm allowed as an answer.

Don't have to deal with telemarketers. No Call Lists.

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So take the middle ground

by Oz_Media In reply to They call me up to find o ...

All polls, especially election polls have an 'unsure' or 'uncomitted' answer.

Making yuo your own or offerign descritopns ot someone who is singing LA LA LA the whole time you are talking is not so effective, even if you somehow find it amusing.

Ex. Boxy, do you feel Obama has the strength to end the war in Iraq without losing pride for America?
1 is yes I feel very confident he can, 10 is not at all.

So 5 would be a non comittal answer (you ca also request to skip or nto answer any question you don't like), you didn't like the question so you can say 5, meaning you don' tfall on either side. fine and dandy.

To say, "well, that's not really an accurate question because its not such a matter of losing pride but further endangering ourselves and opening ourselves up to further attacks......blah blah blah, the caller hears ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZzzzuntil you stop talking and then says, so would that be closer to a 1 or a 10?

Very clever indeed. How crafty.

"Sorry, thanks for calling but I am not willing to spend time discussing my political opinions on the phone."

This will result in, okay, thansk for your time, have a good evening.

End of call, nobody's time is watsed and your life is not horrendously invaded anymore.

There are effective ways of dealing with people and there are ways of simply wasting your and the other persons time for no reason at all expcept to be a pr1ck.

Your name will be on the recall list for that party for a long time to come.

As for NO call lists, don't kid yourself. National DNC lists work to some extene and are one thing, but as 1000's of companies have now been allowed to buy lists that are legally sold to them and are NOT included in the NDNC list, pissing off a telemarketer can wind you up in a hellhole of ongoing calls.

They MSt remove you from THEIR list, but once someone throws you on a private clal list, it can be sold to a lot of companies each day, they will all take you off the list one by one, but those lists rotate on a daily basis, if not every other day and just float around call centres like spam.

They'll soon find out that the DNC list was a waste if they go and offer other laws to work around it. They used to allow private sale of lists in Canada but it has almost come to a stop now as it is simply not a money maker for the marketing company anymore.

I honestly thought you'd be above choosing the latter.

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You assume

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to So take the middle ground

that poll questions offer answers of the sliding scall variety.
You also assume that I will settle for less than what I think in relation to the politics, and politicians who influence my daily fare.
I won't.
I only rarely 'settle for less' in anything.

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Hang up. <nt>

by santeewelding In reply to If asked to take a politi ...
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Hello . . . . .Hello . . . . .Hello. . . . .

by maxwell edison In reply to Hang up. <nt>

.....anyone there? Hello. ....

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