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    A couple of things I like to do:

    1. When canvassing in my own precinct, especially doing Neighbor to Neighbor, I always give my first name and street address when introducing myself. "Hi, I'm Darcy and I live right up the road at 123 ABC Street." Two reasons for this: first, obviously I want them to see me as a neighbor, not an intruder. Second, if I give them information about myself right up front, they're often less hostile to my asking for information about them.
    1. As others have said, I identify myself as a volunteer with the Obama campaign. Knowing that I'm a volunteer makes people less likely to be rude, especially if I've already identified myself as a neighbor.
    1. I think that a lot of people don't like the idea that a political campaign has a list with their name on it. So I always say "We're trying to get a sense of how folks in the neighborhood are feeling. Have you decided who you're going to vote for this November?" It sounds like we're asking everyone, rather than targeting that person specifically. Even though I obviously have their names because I've just asked for someone by name, this seems to put a lot of people more at ease.

    (I rationalize #3 to myself that the campaign is getting data on everyone, they just already know the answer for a lot of people & that's why I'm being sent to specific homes. So I'm not lying.)

    1. if someone sounds firmly in the McCain camp, I do not argue with them. I smile, thank them for their time and move on. If they are rude, I smile, thank them for their time and move on. They are still data so it wasn't a waste of time. And if they are really rude I smile extra hard and say "You have a nice day!" and hope they think about that later on.
    1. When I'm discouraged and #4 is hard to do, I focus on the nice people and good conversations. One kind person who invites me inside for a drink of water can get me through two hours of doors slammed in my face.
    1. Not so much of an issue now that it's cooling down, but when I'm so hot and tired that I find myself hoping the next person isn't home, I quit for the day. I'm not doing the campaign any good at that point.

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