I got a call on my cell phone from the Quinnipiac University Poll on Thursday evening. The questions were numerous and intrusive. I may have made a mistake in choosing to respond, but I stuck with the call because I wanted to hear what was being asked and because I thought I might come away with something of interest for Power Line readers. I asked whether the poll was being conducted for the use of a third party and was assured that it was not.
The list of questions was lengthy and the questions themselves were not exactly fine-tuned. I begged off on a few because I felt I could not answer them as phrased. I was most struck by the number of questions asked. It took about 20 minutes to get through the questions, and I did not have to agonize over the answers to respond appropriately.
One of the questions had to do with how frequently I take calls on our land line. The Quinnipiac team must have gotten its hands on a list of cell phone numbers or incorporated this as a standard question.
Most of the questions had to do with attitudes toward Obama and Trump. A few of the questions were directed to support for Israel and attitude toward the UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel. I don’t recall any regarding Russian influence on the election, although one or more questions explored approval/disapproval of Trump’s attitude to Russia. I would (will) be interested in the poll results myself even if some of the questions seemed maddeningly imprecise or presumptuous regarding alleged facts.
After she completed the questions I asked the pollster what percentage of people whom she reaches answer the poll questions. She responded in terms of the calls made that evening. She said she had made 50 calls and that I was the second person who had responded to her questions.