I just had a call from a phone survey mob about the upcoming local elections. Judging by the questions, it was fairly obvious that it was sponsored by the Liberal Party. That’s ok – I have no problem with that.
What pisses me off about these surveys, though, is that they’re useless. Only very rarely, and on very few topics, can you honestly answer yes or no to the sorts of questions they ask. For example, they said “If you only had a choice between Liberal or Labor, who do you think would make the most visionary Chief Minister for the ACT – Katie or Zed?” Neither “visionary? You’ve got to be kidding!”, nor maniacal laughter were options.
My answers will aggregate as strong support for Labor. But that’s crap; the chances of my voting for Labor are only marginally better than my voting for the Liberals.
Whoever designs these surveys is either selling that parties snake oil or, if they’re designed by the parties who sponsor them, is monumentally incompetent. Probably both.
So it was a waste of my time and theirs.
I should, of course, know better than to participate in these things but I nurture a child-like hope that the next one will be designed by someone competent. I am, of course, always disappointed.