Earlier today someone called asking for my husband (mispronouncing his name). I offered to take a message, and she said she'd call back later.
She called back during dinner. We took the call, and once he realized what kind of poll it was, my husband put it on speakerphone so that I could listen.
After the jump I've put the questions as closely as we can remember them.
Are you a registered Democrat? Yes.
How certain are you that you will participate in the Iowa caucuses on January 3 (range of answers provided) Almost certain.
Who do you plan to support at the caucuses? John Edwards.
Are you definitely for that candidate, or might you change your mind? Definite.
The woman reads a long statement about Barack Obama's health care plan not being universal and leaving millions of people not covered. (This was when my husband put it on speakerphone.) Does this statement affect your opinion of Barack Obama a lot, a little or not at all? Not at all.
The woman reads a long statement citing foreign policy experts who say that John Edwards' plan to withdraw all combat troops from Iraq is irresponsible for various reasons. Does this statement affect your opinion of John Edwards a lot, a little or not at all? Not at all.
The woman reads a long statement about how Barack Obama has accepted a lot of contributions from interests, including energy companies, that have legislation pending before Congress. Does this statement affect your opinion of Barack Obama a lot, a little or not at all? Not at all.
Then she asked my husband's age, giving only three options: under 30, 31-60 or over 60. Correct me if I'm wrong, but doesn't a real poll ask about smaller age ranges than that?
She did not ask any more demographic questions about race, income, education level, whether he voted in the last election, etc.
He asked who paid for the call, but all she would say was the name of polling firm, which sounded like "Influent." She said it was in somewhere, Illinois, but she was mumbling--we couldn't make out the city. We don't have caller ID.
I read on Politico that Influent is based in Ohio but runs call centers, so I guess the call center could have been in Illinois.
Just thought you'd want to know.