With the U.S. Senate and Iowa Gubernatorial election only 1 month away, I receive survey phone calls nearly every day. Since this year is the first senatorial election in the state in 30 years where an incumbent has not run (and won), it is a fiercely contested battle between Republican Joni Ernst and Democrat Bruce Braley.
I figure it makes the phone surveyors' day when someone is willing to talk with them, and since I am a rather opinionated person anyway, I answer their questions. By now I've completed so many surveys that I could probably be surveying the surveyors with all the typical questions from memory. Some surveys are seemingly unbiased fact-gathering calls; however, the impartialness of others is questionable.
Survey 1: Are you registered to vote in Iowa? Yes. Democrat Bruce Braley stands for making sure you have affordable health care and Medicare, ensuring women the right to choose (abortion), increasing the minimum wage, and bringing more jobs to Iowa. In the upcoming election, will you be voting for Bruce Braley or "Jani"? Republican Joni Ernst. Oh, you're right; I'm sorry, Joni Ernst. Thanks for participating in this survey!
I have a feeling I gave the "wrong" answer on that one! Some of the others are nearly as biased from the Republican perspective. And then there are the questions like these:
Survey 2: And for statistical purposes only, what is your age? Twenty. Are you employed, a homemaker, or retired? Employed. (Surveyor--who sounds like she's about my age--laughs) I would guess you're not retired!
Survey 3: One moment please; I've never given this survey before. Ok (I refrain from saying I've taken it before and can tell her the questions she needs to ask).
Joni Ernst does not completely conform to my own political views, but I plan to vote for her because I think she would do a better job than Bruce Braley. One thing is certain though: I've completed my share of surveys for this election.
Now it's your turn! The survey below is only 5 questions long. I'd love to learn more about you and what you like. Your answers will be anonymous (not even I will see your name), and results will be published for all to see in a future post.