One danger of conducting polls

Posted by Ryan Jerz on Monday January 14, 2008.

Overheard at my house tonight:

(Phone rings)

The boy: Hello.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

No.

(Hangs up)

Me: What was that about?

The Boy: I don’t know, some automated poll.

Me: What did they ask?

The Boy: The first question was about Harry Reid, then I just said “no” every time the guy stopped talking.

I can’t help but laugh at these types of things. We had a lengthy talk at dinner about the presidential race and what it means that Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama have a legitimate shot at winning. My kids know who is involved in the race, they get asked by us all the time who they’d support (we never attempt to sway them toward or from any candidate—I’m completely against any child attending a rally and told by parents who is the right person for the job), and they have preferences. A lot of the time they can’t explain why they’d vote for someone, and I try to help them reason it out. However, that they know who’s running makes them more informed than way too many people. So I forgive their cynical approach to the multitudes of people calling my house (3 calls in five minutes at one point today) trying to get my wife to attend a rally or to caucus for their candidate. On that note, nice work, Republicans.

Ryan JerzRyan Jerz is an all-around good guy who wants people to eventually refer to him as "that dude who climbs mountains."

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