Dude knocks on my door, identifies himself, ensures he’s talking to The Inigo Montoya, and then proceeds to ask me how I plan to vote in November on a couple ballot measures and state & federal government personnel. My go-to response is “That’s my business. Buh Bye.” and in response to his enquiry of “Is there another voter living here I can talk to?” I curtly respond with “No, because how they will vote is their business as well.” Couple reasons for this attitude. First and foremost, it’s MY business how I vote. If this sort of thing were meant to be public then there wouldn’t be any privacy incorporated into the voting process. More paranoid, less rational, and pretty high up on my list of priorities is, I don’t want my votes or party affiliations to haunt me as they have haunted others in the past. Would hate to belong to the “wrong” party should things turn nasty.
As I went about my busy, I got to wondering why that person was performing that particular task. Surely, nobody asks such things out of idle curiosity. The only reason I could come up with boils down to: “Find out who (demographic) in this district is voting for X, Y, and Z so we can adjust our campaign efforts accordingly.” which made me feel better about rebuffing the poor soul.
This strategy seems reasonable if your intent is to WIN, but I find it to be disgustingly dishonest at its roots. How about you present X, Y, and Z to me as they are and let me decide what I like, and don’t try and make the position more appealing to me when you discover I don’t like your initial pitch?
What are your opinions about this sort of thing?