Tuesday, March 1, 2016
I don’t usually answer my phone if I don’t recognize the number. I don’t answer because most of the time it is either from someone telling me “There is nothing wrong with your credit, but it is imperative that you speak to the representative as this is your final warning before expiration.” The expiration they speak of is an offer to buy something…I never stay on the line long enough to find out what.
It is from a debt collector trying to collect $650 on an old gas and electric bill that was run up by my ex-wife after she sold the home that she asked me to leave. The bill was bogus, it was an error, but the debt collector does not want to discuss it, he just yells and threatens to ruin my life. The last time I spoke to him I asked if he would like my address to send me a collection notice. He said yes and I told him “Good luck with that” and hung up.
Today I answered a call as it looked like a number I knew.
“Congratulations you have been selected to win a Celebrity cruise to Bermuda. Hang on and answer some questions to confirm your eligibility.” Coincidentally we are scheduled for just such a cruise this spring, so I held on the line.
“Will you vote for Hillary Clinton? Press one for yes, press two for no.”
I hung up, but it got me to thinking. How accurate are these polls? This poll for example is taking a sampling from people stupid enough to think they have won or might win a cruise to Bermuda. I thought these polls were supposed to be random samples.
I have never seen a poll which claims “68% of people stupid enough to think they just won a cruise to Bermuda will vote for Hillary Clinton, 22% will not vote for Hillary Clinton, and 10% don’t know where Bermuda is.”
Isn’t any poll that is taken by phone suspect? By definition it is not a random sampling as it eliminates people who refuse to respond to polls. There should be a poll taken to determine how people who refuse to answer polls intend to vote.