I got a call this evening from a number in Ogden, UT 801-823-XXXX purporting to be a poll about the San Diego mayor's race. After asking me who I was supporting for Mayor of San Diego, and learning that I was supporting Carl DeMaio, I was asked a series of follow on questions. It didn't take me long to figure out that this was just some push-polling from the Fletcher campaign. A sample of some questions:
Would it make you more likely to vote for Nathan Fletcher if you knew that he had sponsored legislation to allow unemployed Californians to keep their health insurance during the recent recession?
Would it make you more likely to vote for Nathan Fletcher if you knew that he had sponsored Chelsea's law to protect our children from sexual predators?
Another question involved some green or clean water law he was involved with.
There were a lot more questions than those, but were pretty much straight from the Fletcher campaign literature.
Then the line of questioning went after after Carl DeMaio.
"Would you be more or less likely to vote for Carl DeMaio if you knew that he had received $2.7 million in government contracts?"
At this point, I stopped the conversation and asked if the caller was working for the Nathan Fletcher campaign. The lady on the other end said no, she just reads the scripts. I told her that I understood that, but then asked a slightly different question: "Was you company hired by the Nathan Fletcher campaign?" She replied that she was pretty sure they had been. I wished her a good evening but told her that since this was really a campaign call, not a poll, I wasn't going to participate.
I had thought push-polling was considered a little disreputable, but since Marine Corps veteran Nathan Fletcher is using the technique, I clearly must be mistaken.