Gayle Madwin (queerbychoice) wrote,
Gayle Madwin
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Hey Pollster, Here's an Opinion for You

[telephone rings]
Me: Hello?
Male Voice: Hi, I'm calling on behalf of the Blah Blah Blah Research Company to conduct a survey about current political issues. We are not selling anything. This call may be monitored by my supervisor to ensure adherence to specified research standards. Is there a man in your household I can talk to?
Me: No.
Him: There isn't any man in your household I can talk to?
Me: No.
Him: Does that mean he just isn't available right now or I can't talk to him, or there are none?
Me: There are no men in this household!
Him: Hmm, okay . . . maybe you can help me. Are you registered to vote in California?
Me: Yes.
Him: Do you or does anyone in your household work in media, advertising, politics, or social research?
Me: Yes.
Him: Do you or does anyone in your . . . oh, that's all the questions I have then.
[click]
Is this why American politics are so ridiculously right-wing? Because the politicians all base their ideas of what the public wants upon public opinion polls and the public opinion pollsters skew their polls by trying desperately to speak only to the male voters of any households that contain men?
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