From a robot!
I just got a push-poll with a voice-activated robot-voice recording thingie, asking me if I were going to vote in the Republican primary. It went on from there, asking me if I knew that Giuliani was pro-abortion would it make me less likely to vote for him? And if I knew that Huckabee was for lower taxes would I be more likely to vote for him? And so on. It was all pro-Huckabee, anti-Giuliani.
I answered “yes” or “no” pretty much at random at first, then switched to all “no” answers, just to see where it would go. No human being was involved on the other end of the line. (Hey, Huckabee guys! This kind of nonsense makes it less likely that I’m going to vote for your clown!)
No candidate name was given at the end, revealing who paid for this particular push-poll. It was something like “Paid for by Public Survey 07. 703 378-2990.” (That is the real number the call came from. The area code is Arlington, Virginia.) I believe that failing to reveal the candidate the push-poll favors is illegal under New Hampshire law.
This how it went: Phone rings. Caller ID says SP 07.
Caller: This is a brief political poll from Public Survey. Are you going to vote in the Republican Primary on January 7th?
Caller: Which of these candidates do you favor? [Gives list of Republicans.]
Me: Giuliani [Because I wouldn’t vote for Giuliani if you held a gun to my head and offered me a hundred bucks in cash at the same time].
Caller: If you were to learn that Giuliani [negative thing] would that change your vote?
Caller: If you were to learn that Giuliani [negative thing] would that change your vote? [Iterate many times, with me answering “No” each time (along with making other remarks about push-polls)]
Caller: If you were to learn that Huckabee [positive thing] would that change your vote?
Caller: If you were to learn that Huckabee [positive thing] would that change your vote? [Iterate many times, with me saying “No” each time]
Caller: If the vote were held tomorrow would you vote for Mike Huckabee?
Caller: Thank you for participating in this poll. Paid for by Public Survey 07. 703 378-2990
That was it. I expect that there was a script worked out for every candidate mentioned at the start. I’m pretty sure they didn’t say “Tancredo” or “Paul,” since I might have used one of them if they had—y’all already know my opinion on both those gentlemen. I’m also pretty sure that Huckabee wasn’t in the initial Republican roll-call, the only major who wasn’t mentioned.
As to who really paid for it, who knows? It was plainly pro-Huckabee. Pity that a Baptist Minister has to resort to dirty tricks to slime his opponents.