Thursday, November 1, 2012

Make it stop: Tips to getting incessant pollsters to go away

Posted By on Thu, Nov 1, 2012 at 11:15 AM

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In the final days leading up to Nov. 6, we’re desperately trying to elude the incessant door knockers and pollsters who want to know when we're going to vote, how we're going to vote (absentee or in person) and who we're going to vote for. As part of our guide to surviving the election, here are a few tips on how to make these well-meaning but relentless volunteers go away.

We’ve found that feigned madness goes a long way toward getting your name crossed off of pollster lists. Among our favorite tactics is providing brief answers that don’t have anything to do with politics. For example, when asked, “What’s the biggest issue for you this election?” we say, “cats.”

If pressed, expand your list of gripes. We recommend asking the nasally voiced political operative at the other end of the line why nobody’s done anything about daylight savings time. “They steal an hour from me every year. What’s Denny Rehberg going to do about that?”

When political groups send door-knockers it’s easy enough to answer the door and tell them you’re not there. Hey, they don’t know what you look like, right? Montana Conservation Voters—a group who’s been criticized lately for their house and phone calls—has a good answer for how to be left in peace. If you fill out an absentee ballot and let them walk you to your mailbox, they’ll finally take you off their list.

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