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For starters, these polling companies, they only call land lines. They don't call cell phones. So right off the bat, if you're under the age of 30, you don't get called. Your opinion doesn't count. And then of course a lot of Canadians, I'd go so far as to say the average Canadian, just doesn't like to pick up the phone if they don't know who's on the other line. That's why God invented call display. And keep in mind, most of these calls are all made in the evening between five and nine pm. So if you have a social life or small kids, or you do shift work, or you happen to like Jeopardy, your opinion doesn't count.

http://www.rickmercer.com/blog/index.cfm/2008/2/27/Who-Polls-the-Pollsters

I've never, ever been polled, either, by anybody but the student loans people and their ilk.

P.S. Would it be considered tasteful to burn Harper in effigy yet?

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mik100
Feb. 27th, 2008 11:03 pm (UTC)
Today, I have had 2 calls from 800 numbers with no company name attached, 2 calls listed as Unknown and a call from Manitoba. 5 calls that I'm not going to answer, because whomever is on the other line can't see fit to identify themselves. So, while someone may want my opinion, they are calling during hours when I normally wouldn't be home.

Someone needs to come up with a better method than tele-polling.
neatlittlelass
Mar. 2nd, 2008 02:26 am (UTC)
They don't call cell phones. So right off the bat, if you're under the age of 30, you don't get called.

OBJECTION! I'm under the age of 30 and hate cell phones. Land lines all the freaking way.

But yeah, if I see a number I don't recognise, I don't answer it. It's either for my Mom (I hate taking messages) or it's someone trying to sell me something (or poll me, and I hate talking on the phone for anything other than recreation).

I say no tele-polling at all. Just freaking mail the things and if people want to do them, they'll do them. And you don't piss them off by calling them. Yeah, blah blah, waste of money, killing trees, whatever. That's easily the best way to a) not irritate people and b) actually get a reasonably wide range of responses.
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