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It's been a long time since I logged in. My last long ins were when I lived in Chicago, and around the time I was in Grant Park on Election Night watching Barack Obama's speech after winning the 2008 election. What a night. Anyway, a year later I moved to Miami. It's interesting living in a battleground state as I get to see all these crazy attack ads that were never on TV in Illinois. I also get a number of survey calls. I just got one 10 minutes ago - and I'm pissed. I'm posting partly to document what happened and partly to ask your advice.

Around 10:45 AM today I received a phone call on my home phone (no caller ID, I'll have to check my online account for the number later). A woman asked for me by name and I said that yes this was me. She said that this would be a short "one question" survey, her words. She then asked if the election were held today who would you vote for Mitt Romney or Barack Obama. I said Barack Obama. She then went on to ask how I felt about the state and direction of the country. Obviously we are now past one question but I just answered that I thought we need to improve unemployment but otherwise I agree with the President's approach to economic issues.

She then asked how I felt about foreign policy. Here is where it gets weird. I said I have several issues with our foreign policy but overall supportive. She said how did I feel about the administration's statements about the attack on the embassy in Libya and what we know now about intelligence regarding an attack ahead of time blah blah. I said in the grand scheme of things I didn't really think it mattered, what mattered is how we deal with it going forward. Her response "Four Americans died and it doesn't matter?". Now I'm pissed. I replied "That's not what I said, I said that I think all of this discussion of what was said or known is a bunch of bluster. We need to figure out how to support democracy and mitigate the anger we see towards us in largely Muslim countries, that's what's important." She then asked if I watched the news, and I said yes, a lot. Was I aware of that intelligence clearly shows that it was known that an attack was coming? I said that this was debatable. I think she heard the anger in my voice, and she ended the call.

Of importance - this call was billed as a "once question survey." The survey company's name was not given, though I've always found that to be the case. I should've asked but was kind of shocked by the while thing.  Lastly, at no point was it stated that the call was supported/approved by such-and-such, whether it be Romney, some independent super-PAC or whatever.  Therefore, barring some random phone call by a private citizen (which I guess is possible), I believe this call was illegal. I mean, the tone and questioning of the "surveyor" was clearly trying to get me to rethink my vote for Obama.  I'm not really sure how to proceed. I guess I'll check my phone records and reverse search the number. But unless I get a hit, what else can I do? Is there anyone in Florida I should be contacting? This kind of thing cannot happen and I won't allow it to sway an election in a battleground state. One good thing about where I live - Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is my Rep. Maybe I'll call her office on Monday.

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  •  Nicer then I would be. But I have cell only. (6+ / 0-)

    I would probably asked "Is that you Rmoney using a voice altering program, you frigging weasel?"

    How can you tell when Rmoney is lying? His lips are moving. Fear is the Mind Killer

    by boophus on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:40:57 AM PDT

  •  Sounds almost like a typical push poll (9+ / 0-)

    Do you think X or Y?
    If you knew that blah, blah, blah would that change your view?

    "Romney has proved himself right: We manifestly do have a problem with people who see themselves as victims even as they benefit from loopholes in the tax code. One is running for president." Kristof

    by Catte Nappe on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:47:25 AM PDT

  •  Methinks Florida Republicans up for re-election (6+ / 0-)

    are freaking out right now, and Governor Voldemoort is helping them, with phone-banks in place, doing damage-assessments by phone. Because he and his party have lots of money and can afford to do that.

    I have zero to back that up out here, mind you, but it's not an unrealistic scenario. With FL being a huge swing state and all, you have to imagine that the sinking HMS Rmoney ticket has them frazzled to bits. They will do anything to get elected, or create the perception of a close race so they can steal it.

    I hope you made her day ;)

    It is time to #Occupy Media.

    by lunachickie on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 08:53:58 AM PDT

  •  most of them are push polls (3+ / 0-)

    these days. Tell them right up front that you don't participate in push polls or any telephone polls for that matter and tell them to take your number off their list. Then hang up. It might be a good idea to tell your Rep's office about the sleazy tactics they are employing though they may already know. They like to hear from their constituents.

  •  I got a similar call a couple of days ago in WV. (5+ / 0-)

    But after I said "Obama" she thanked me, said it was paid for by the Republican Party,  and hung up.

    A couple of thoughts:

    1) If it was the Republicans they are required by law to tell you so.

    2) It is possible that your caller was working from the same script as mine but went rogue. Mine said that she was a volunteer. (I am sure that some of our callers deviate from the scripts and argue with people. It certainly is emphasized not to do that in every training session I have had and I assume that they have experience with callers doing that.)

    Take a look at the comments to my diary. There are some good ideas about what was going on.

  •  Same District (5+ / 0-)

    I've gotten to where I just don't answer my phone!  

    Voting for DWS and BO for sure - nothing that has happened in the last few weeks or months has changed that.  It might be a call from one of the down ticket campaigns - for some reason I was getting calls from West and I'm not in his district - the same person was calling every day, even after I told them they were not calling anybody who could vote for that idiot.  The last few times I picked up the phone and shouted - You are a moron and so is your candidate - stop calling me!  

    I'm also getting calls at work, which is a different district, different county and I just tell them (no matter what campaign they're from) that they've reached an  office and to take that number off their list (although one evening I did get a nice poll taker for the Dems, so I answered all her questions, because I wasn't on the clock and told her to tell whoever gave her the call list, to take the number off so they wouldn't call again).  

    If you get another call like that and they say one question, but then continue after you've answered the one question, just say - You asked and I answered.  Good-bye!

    "Focusing your life solely on making a buck shows a certain poverty of ambition. It asks too little of yourself. Because it's only when you hitch your wagon to something larger than yourself that you realize your true potential." - Barack Obama

    by Ricochet67 on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:14:27 AM PDT

  •  The last time I got one of these............ (5+ / 0-)

    I unloaded on the poller. Once it became obvious it was a Rethug push poll, I told him that I would not vote Rethug under any circumstance, take my number off their list and never call me again. Although I am normally very mild and soft spoken;  I interspersed my rant with quite a few choice expectatives. That was 4 years ago and I haven't received a Rethug push poll since. I think  the guy’s ears are probably still burning.

    The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation--HDT

    by cazcee on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:14:41 AM PDT

  •  That was a "push poll" (4+ / 0-)

    They don't care (much) about the survey, the real reason is to push Republican talking points at you. If you had shown any interest in what she was saying, she would have asked you the same "who are you voting for" question at the end, hoping to see a change (which would have been the reported number).

    We are all in the same boat on a stormy sea, and we owe each other a terrible loyalty. -- G.K. Chesterton

    by Keith Pickering on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 09:24:13 AM PDT

  •  I Keep Talking as Long as I Can Stand It. (5+ / 0-)

    When they get to killing babies, or Mexicans swarming over our borders and such, I get really cheery and enthusiastic. Great! I STRONGLY approve.

    It helps to adopt a certain mindset to pull this off.
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    Every second they're talking to me, they're not talking to someone they might persuade.

    I've had over a dozen poll calls here in Ohio this year, only one was a push-poll thanfully, and all the others identified the organization that was calling. I looked one up and found it advertises itself as a conservative information service, but the survey they gave me was perfectly straight. I suspect push-polls will come nearer election day.

    We are called to speak for the weak, for the voiceless, for victims of our nation and for those it calls enemy.... --ML King "Beyond Vietnam"

    by Gooserock on Sat Sep 22, 2012 at 10:23:26 AM PDT

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