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I got called by a polling firm. They scratched me.
I mean, they called me repeatedly (any scientific poll will make a good faith effort to reach their randomly-determined subjects), and when they finally got hold of me they decided that they didn’t want my opinion.
The problem is, they screen their subjects, and one of the questions they asked me, as part of this screening process, was if I ran a political blog or commented frequently.
“I comment frequently,” I told them.
So if you ever get tapped by a polling firm PLAY DUMB!
Well, okay, some people here wouldn’t exactly “Play” dumb, if you know what I mean…
Now why they don’t want people who run political blogs or comment frequently I do not know. My first guess is that they’re trying to protect their questions — they don’t want the competition to find out what their questions are, or to post them online so that everybody has prepared answers.
The one lecture from a political pollster than I attended (a partisan Republican pollster) talked about the proprietary nature of their questions — “Trade Secrets” and all that.
Anyhow, that’s my guess. It could also be a case where they see us frequent commenters as somehow being a-typical….