Today instead of my usual run from the area code of robocalls and a brief-moment-of-your-time surveys, I decided to answer the call and dive right into the questions. Although I was promised it would be a short survey, there were quite a few questions from the recorded voice on the other end of the line. I will give her a 9 on the scale of 1 to 9 in pleasantries.
The survey was conducted and paid for by Americans for 'something' and I truly was unfamiliar with the organization, however my curiosity is high today and I wondered just what are campaigns wanting to know about me? First and foremost who am I supporting for president - easy Mitt Romney, no brainer there. But then the pleasant voice needed to know if I were voting today who would I vote for and on a scale of 1 to 9 how strongly do I support Mitt Romney. I guess they need to be sure that I am sure about what I am sure about. So far so good, I have a solid answer.
The next question was down the ticket and again I had an answer and a solid vote was established. Now here come the demographics because it matters little who I am voting for unless you can somehow speculate why. Are you a Republican, a Democrat or "something else"? I worry about that something else part because I think they like to be called Independents. I am so glad she has that pleasant voice while she offends the NPA voters. Other parties have names and are not Independents, but keep in mind it is a brief survey.
We then moved into much more personal territory like race, religion, gender and age. There were lots of choices, but I didn't stray off into any fun and games. I am taking this seriously and I want to be sure I don't alarm some bright young person crunching data on the other end with a "how can this be?" moment should I start hitting random numbers for answers. Kindly they are not specific on your age, you just put yourself in a category that probably is better at establishing the music you listen to than how you vote.
Religion was interesting because we seem to have so many categories now and just to be sure they need to know how often you attend. See you can't just be of a certain faith, the survey needs to know if you are all in or just slightly Evangelical, Protestant, Jewish, Catholic, etc. If you don't actually attend you have to let them know. Why? I am guessing there is a category of unlikely Evangelicals who might be likely to change their faith between now and November and join the something else party and still vote for Mitt Romney. Why? Because unless on a scale of 1 to 9 you have been a 1 living under a rock the past 4 years you know that know matter which American you label yourself as these days, Obama is not the answer to any question.