Poll Tricks

This weekend we received a pollster call about California’s Proposition 8, and it would have been an uninteresting conversation were it not for the last line.  Here’s how it went down:

Pollster:  Hello, may I speak with Laila?
Me: Speaking.
Pollster:  Could I ask you a few questions of the upcoming election?
Me:  Sure.
Pollster:  Do you know about Prop 8?
Me:  Prop 8?
Pollster:  This is the proposition that would define marriage in the California state constitution as the union of one man and one woman.
Me:  Oh, right.
Pollster:  In 2000, California overwhelmingly passed a proposition that amended the family code in this way, but it was over-ruled by the California courts.
Me:  (silence).
Pollster:  If the election were held today, how would you vote on Prop 8? Yes or no?
Me:  No.
Pollster: oh, ok.  Is that a ‘probably no’ or a ‘definitely no’?
No:  Definitely no.
Pollster: Oh, OK.  That’s all the questions I have.  Well, remember to vote on November 8. [click]

I couldn’t believe it. Here’s a list of all the props on the November 4 ballot.


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