Ignore the link. It’s just Rasmussen Reports because I had to put something in there.
Well, I finally got polled by Rasmussen Reports! I know we’ve all discussed this on IOTW before and many of us wonder who these schlubs are that say the economy is improving or that democrats can be trusted with national security or that Obama is doing a good job. Well, yeah. They’re democrats.
Last night I was just watching TV and the phone rang. The call was from 214-283-1316 and the caller ID was Marketing. I’ve been polled on local issues before so I just thought this was more of the same, albeit from an out of state number and polling company. It was a fully automated poll from Rasmussen! I thought, Finally! I get to tell the truth about the economy and Obama’s failures to a NATIONAL poll! The first few questions were just about the economy and whether I thought it was improving or not. (NOT!)
Then they asked if I was a democrat or a Republican or some other political party. I wasn’t quite sure exactly how to answer this one because I know the pollsters need to get about a 50-50 mix. They want to be able to claim the poll is accurate because they didn’t overpoll either party. I also know that once they get a reasonable number of one party (usually between 600 and 700), they will tend to ignore all others of the same party until they’ve polled enough people to get that 50-50 mix. But my need to skew the poll toward correctness was more important than the possibility of my answers being ignored! I answered democrat. Then, I proceeded to answer the remaining questions truthfully. (Remember, answering democrat would also force them to have at least one democrat that thought the economy was a shambles and would not improve any time soon.) Strangely, there were no questions about Syria which was not what I expected. A hot-button topic like that would have made most polls, I would think. I guess this was the economic poll rather than the foreign policy poll.
Some of the questions were about any retirement investments. One that surprised me was, If you had a large amount of money to invest, where would you invest it? The choice of answers ranged from stocks, company bonds, funds, savings accounts, and real estate. I answered real estate because I wanted a democrat to say that real estate might be worth investing in but that traditional investments are still too risky. They asked if I was unemployed and I answered yes, because I am. Then came the question I was waiting for. They asked, Are you unemployed and out of the workforce or are you unemployed and still actively looking for a job? I answered unemployed and still actively looking for a job. Which is truthful. But I also know that if I answered I was out of the workforce and NOT actively looking for a job, that would be an indicator that would allow the unemployment rate to DROP. I wasn’t going to allow THAT! So, the truthful answer will be an indicator that the unemployment rate will go UP, as it should!
It was great because, while I have taken phone polls before, this is the first one from a nationally recognized polling firm. Hopefully, I’ll get more but I’m not counting on it. Too bad because I would love to see as much negative sentiment about the Obama/Jarrett policies as possible.