There was a long pause when I answered the phone this evening: a sure sign of a telemarketer. The number, 801-823-2033, wasn’t familiar, either. The woman on the other end soon came on, said she was with some survey company (perhaps Opinionology?) and wanted to ask a few questions. I agreed.
“Do you plan to vote for a candidate for president this year?” she asked.
“To ensure we have a representative sample, in what year were you born?” she asked.
“What county in North Carolina do you live in?” she asked.
There was a pause. “Lake?”
“Oh, Wake. Okay.”
There was a pause.
“Do you have a political blog or participate in political blogs?”
I stopped and considered that almost every other post here on MT.Net has something to do with politics. “Yes, I do,” I answered.
There was an even longer pause.
“Thanks for your participation in tonight’s survey. Have a good evening,” she cheerfully said before abruptly ending the call.
Weird. I wonder what it was about writing a political blog that apparently disqualified me as a survey respondent. I also wonder what that says about the respondents who don’t get disqualified.