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Zed ‘Push polling’?

By farq 20 February 2013 6

I just got an automated call from a company I’ve never heard of. They are doing a poll on people’s intentions for the next federal election.

By the sounds of it (“What is your personal opinion of Zed Seselja”), Zed’s team was paying for it.

Not really ‘Push polling’, but still pretty lame.

Is Zed that desperate? Or is it a be a brilliant move by Gary’s team (better late than never) to make Zed look like a tool?


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Alderney 8:38 am 22 Feb 13

BimboGeek said :

It’s so not ok to make that kind of call without saying where you are from.

The problem with anonymous pollsters etc is when they try to get personal info they can use to scam you later. They might say it is socioeconomic background to balance the data but hackers and scammers know people will give away passwords or financial info once you get them saying yes or answering your questions. Don’t answer questions unless you have confirmed the identity of the caller.

You mean the same sly tactics that cetain individuals use on the inside of a political organisation have no basis in the real world?

Sombody better tell Zed you can’t branch stack the polis.

BimboGeek 11:54 pm 21 Feb 13

It’s so not ok to make that kind of call without saying where you are from.

The problem with anonymous pollsters etc is when they try to get personal info they can use to scam you later. They might say it is socioeconomic background to balance the data but hackers and scammers know people will give away passwords or financial info once you get them saying yes or answering your questions. Don’t answer questions unless you have confirmed the identity of the caller.

If the tax office calls you, you have the right to independently look up the tax office swutchboard number and ask for Amanda Jones from the outgoing call centre.

kevn 11:13 pm 21 Feb 13

The missus got one of these. She was very uncomfortable with the rubbish angles of these questions – caller wouldn’t identify who the survey was for.

ScienceRules 12:07 pm 21 Feb 13

Yep, I got them too. Seemed pretty innocuous type of questioning such as “who did you vote for in the Senate last election”, “who are you likely to vote for this election” and “which of the following minor parties (most of which I’ve never heard of) would you consider voting for next time”.

The Zed question did stand out as a little innocous but it was along the lines of “do you rate him highly, just ok, douche or Zed who?” That might not have been the exact wording but it was pretty neutral.

c_c™ 1:45 am 21 Feb 13

Push polling is using polling to try and shape and influence opinion. Were the questions phrased with such an objective, for example, “Do you agree that Zed Seselja is an inspiration leader with a commitment to Canberra and innovative ideas for the future” – that’s push polling.

If all they asked is what you think of him, well, it’s a cash splash, but it’s just a typical opinion poll. I wouldn’t read to much into this. Chances are the results of the poll will get fed around to members to build his case for taking the Gary’s place.

I live in Macgregor 12:13 am 21 Feb 13

interesting… what were the questions asked?

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