It appears that the Clinton campaign or its surrogates have begun a push poll effort in North Carolina. My friend Justin sent me a message after he received a call earlier this week. He gave me permission to print his description of the call here.
Here's an excerpt:
After a handful of general questions (the last of which was "What have you heard about Barack Obama lately?"), the dude spent probably close to half an hour asking me whether various statements would make me more or less likely to vote for Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama. About halfway through, I started taking notes (he finished just as I got out my microphone to try to record it). Here's a summary of the stuff he asked:
Subjects of Negative Statements about Obama:
Spiritual adviser (This was the first one...I thought it was especially sleazy that they started with this)
Experience (variation on the 3am thing)
Subjects of Positive Statements about Clinton (I got most of these):
Commander in Chief
Experience (another variation on the 3am thing)
He started with about 5 negative statements about Obama (I didn't start taking notes until after this, so I missed some), then went to about 8 or so positive statements about Clinton, then finished with two or three negative statements about Obama sandwiched around (I think, though I can't be sure - I was definitely starting to blank out a bit) one positive statement about Obama.
I told him that each statement made me somewhat less likely to vote for Clinton/somewhat more likely to vote for Obama. No idea if that was the right tactic or not...
Has anyone else received a similar call?
What do you think about Justin's response? How should someone respond to a push poll?