I was on my way out the door this afternoon when I got an auto bot phone call from Ekos Research. They don't even have live people asking the opinion polls anymore -- they make you use your push button phone. Two minute poll:
- Are you a Canadian citizen?
- Are you going to vote in the upcoming general election?
- Which party are you going to vote for?
- Which party did you vote for in 2006?
And then the cross-tab questions (age group, sex, income).
They say that the chances the average person will get polled at least once in his or her lifetime is about 1 in 23. That sounds like a load of bunk. I seem to get these calls about every two to three months from just about every legitimate polling firm out there. Meanwhile, people of greater import never get called even once.
Grin and bear it, I suppose. I'd rather be honest with these polls, than a blatant push poll that asks leading questions from the start to elicit a specific response.
By the way, my answers were: Yes, yes, Liberal, Green.