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Old 12-04-2019, 10:31 AM
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Anybody here ever actually been polled by 538, Gallup, Pew Research, etc?


Any Dopers here ever actually been polled for real by a presidential-election survey (ie., Trump vs. Hillary or some other D) by a big-league pollster such as 538, Rasmussen, Gallup, Pew Research, etc.?

What was it like and how did it go?
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Old 12-04-2019, 10:36 AM
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It's been years since I said yes to a phone survey, got a lot of requests last federal election. When I did, it was which way I planned to vote and how important different issues were.


And 538 isn't a pollster.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:03 AM
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I got a robocall poll once but I don't remember if they said who was doing the poll.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:08 AM
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And 538 isn't a pollster.
Ok, for some reason I thought they ran their own polls.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:34 AM
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538 does partner with Ipsos to conduct polls before and after the debates. I'm not sure if the surveyed know it's for 538 though.
https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-pol...ic-debate-2019
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:37 AM
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I have had maybe two phone calls that were polls. I think both were on local issues, and I recall that they seemed like legitimate organizations doing the polls.

They took maybe five minutes and was pretty unremarkable. They asked maybe a dozen questions.
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Old 12-04-2019, 11:52 AM
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I have had maybe two phone calls that were polls. I think both were on local issues, and I recall that they seemed like legitimate organizations doing the polls.

They took maybe five minutes and was pretty unremarkable. They asked maybe a dozen questions.
That matches my experience, probably 2 calls in the last 10 years, all on Maryland politics. I generally answer polls if I have time, first as an act of solidarity with my fellow statisticians (more data is always better), and second because it seems to be among the most efficient ways to get my opinions to make a difference.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:02 PM
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538 does partner with Ipsos to conduct polls before and after the debates. I'm not sure if the surveyed know it's for 538 though.
https://www.ipsos.com/en-us/news-pol...ic-debate-2019
Right but I rather assume the partnership is 538 pays Ipsos money for a poll. I know it's commonly called that but is it any more legitimate than saying I partnered with a sandwich artist for lunch yesterday?
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:04 PM
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I've been contacted by numerous polling firms (don't recall names) -- I presume that because I often take the time to answer, they note down that I'm a good respondent and are more likely to call me again.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:06 PM
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I haven't had a landline in a long time (15 years now?) and I rarely answer my cell, preferring text messaging. So, no.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:38 PM
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Pretty often -- I'd say probably three or four times per election cycle. The trick is to actually answer your phone (which I nearly always do, both because I do, in fact, want to talk to pollsters, and because I can't stand ringing phones in general and would much rather pick up even if it's a junk call).
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:40 PM
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Nope. Never. Not having a landline probably helps.
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Old 12-04-2019, 12:52 PM
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I used to live in Columbus Ohio, got polled several times, especially 2004. Both on the presidential race and the smoking ban.
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I should add that the calls I've received were on my cell phone.
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Old 12-04-2019, 01:37 PM
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When I hang up on requests for polls I wonder how many people feel the way I do and if it throws off the numbers. They ask too much personal information that I am not willing to give over the phone. If I knew 100% that the random person on the other end was really from one of the major polling companies I would be happy to participate. A random unsolicited call? Click.

To answer the OP Iíve received several requests by phone but Iím not certain from where and I never participated.
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Old 12-04-2019, 02:34 PM
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I got a robocall poll once but I don't remember if they said who was doing the poll.
I got one years ago when I still answered the phone. As soon as I got to the abortion question (3 or 4 in), and said I was in favor of abortion rights, the "pollster" tried to get me to change my answer. Then they hung up when I wouldn't play.

Every once in a while I see a caller identified as some kind of survey, but I haven't yet given in to the urge to pick it up.
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Old 12-04-2019, 03:53 PM
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I got a questionnaire from the Gallup Poll shortly after I graduated from college. Even though it was a multi-page booklet, I went ahead and filled it out and sent it in anyway because I felt honored to have been chosen by them, and it also proved that it really existed.

It was about the USPS.
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Old 12-05-2019, 02:50 AM
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I vaguely recall a pollster call on the landline when I lived near a major military base in 1978. Nothing since then.

This kind of thread question is sort of self-selecting, isn't it? Most respondents say YES. The NOs mostly don't show.
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Old 12-13-2019, 03:58 PM
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I was polled by Gallup, I believe it was, back when I lived in New Hampshire as a Dukakis campaign national field staffer not long before the Democratic primary there in early 1988. They didn't ask if I was working for any candidate, and I didn't tell them. The interview took about 20 minutes and included lots of questions about the various candidates then in the field, how I would rate them according to various criteria, what my views were on various policy issues, my views of President Reagan, etc. I tried to be as objective as I could, but did say some nice things about Mike Dukakis.
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Old 12-18-2019, 07:45 AM
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I got polled by a labor union advocacy group, but it can't have been a very good one because the pollster got drawn into an argument with me. of course, it is me, so maybe I'm just talented that way.
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Old 12-18-2019, 10:41 AM
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I got called by Siena occasionally when I lived in Albany. Siena is Siena College, located in Albany, NY and considered a good pollster, if a bit smaller.
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Old 12-18-2019, 12:30 PM
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I was called a couple months ago for a poll on Trump. They didn't tell me what company was conducting the poll or who the client was.
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Old 12-18-2019, 12:42 PM
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I've done dozens of political polls through Amazon Mturk both online and by phone call. The thing is I usually don't know what platform or company is polling me. I just get a "requester" name and they are often not real names but project names.
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When I hang up on requests for polls I wonder how many people feel the way I do and if it throws off the numbers. They ask too much personal information that I am not willing to give over the phone. If I knew 100% that the random person on the other end was really from one of the major polling companies I would be happy to participate. A random unsolicited call? Click.

To answer the OP Iíve received several requests by phone but Iím not certain from where and I never participated.
Pretty much same as above. I sometimes wonder whether I should start taking them, at least if they come when I've got time; but I really have no way of telling who's on the other end of the phone, and there's pretty limited information I'd be willing to give them.

In addition, my response to a lot of questions doesn't fit into any of the boxes that polls usually want to check; so I wind up arguing with the poll that no, I can't answer that question in that form, do they want to hear the form I will address that issue in? No, they generally do not.
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Just ran across this on Twitter, someone reported they just got polled
https://twitter.com/wiscott44/status...727810560?s=21
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Old 01-05-2020, 07:41 PM
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Pew tried to survey me about a month ago; they left a message on my cellphone that they would call back but never did.

I am, however, a Disney survey magnet.
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I've been polled at least twice over the landline; the most recent was from Quinnipiac, sometime during Dubya One. Pretty standard-sounding multiple-choice questions re: degrees of approval (or lack) of various contemporaneous policies and personages, mostly on a five-value scale; strong approve, somewhat approve, meh, and so on.

Didn't seem to do a lick of good.

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