Today’s Bizzaro Polling Experience

This was my strangest polling experience yet. First, the call was to my office rather than to my home. I don’t think I’ve ever been called with a poll at work before.

Then there was how it went (this is a very close paraphrase, probably not verbatim):

– Hello, says the nice voice, I am calling from Harris Interactive and was wondering if you could answer some questions about China and its relation to the US.

– How long will this take? I ask nervously, looking at the pile of exams.

– It could take as long as 15-20 minutes depending on your answers, says the voice.

– Oh, OK, I say, thinking the exams will have to wait. China is important. Too much giving in to scary mercantilism out there.

– To begin, what is your job title?

– Professor

– Let me look that one up … wait a minute… well, that’s all the questions we have for you today, thank you very much.

How about that?

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2 Responses to Today’s Bizzaro Polling Experience

  1. A couple of weeks ago, I got a survey call:

    ME: Hello?

    SURVEY TAKER: Good evening. I’m from ______ Research conducting a consumer survey.

    ME: Okay.

    SURVEY TAKER: When you think of a brand of a luxury automobile, what name comes to mind?

    ME: Pierce-Arrow.

    SURVEY TAKER (long pause): Okay, sir, thank you.


    I wonder what would have happened if I’d gone with Duesenberg.

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