March 11, 2004
Has this ever happened to you? I got a call on Tuesday night from some outfit that was doing a survey on banks and financial institutions. Midway through the call, my call-waiting chirps. I pick up the other line, and am greeted by some other outfit that wanted to survey me on employment. Are we in the middle of Survey Sweeps Week or something?
For the record, I told Surveyor #2 that now was not a good time. They called back last night and got what they wanted. All I can say about the experiences is that for a guy who spews his viewpoint several times a day in public, I gave a lot of "no opinion" answers to these people. Make of that what you will.
Posted by Charles Kuffner on March 11, 2004 to See, I do have a life!
Easiest way to get off of survey call lists is to declare that you work for a television station, radio station, newspaper, or advertising agency.
Most surveys disqualify respondents of that kind, and after once or twice you're removed from the call lists.
Not that I'm complaining, but we don't get called for surveys much anymore, not since we moved here last year. I gave my opinion about something once in an online discussion and was told my opinion didn't count because I'm married. Maybe I'm even more irrelevant now, being a married Libertarian in Texas.
I've been called twice in the last four days, once for a national "whaddya think about telemarketing" survey and once for a local mayoral race survey.
Was the unemployment survey one of the government surveys?
No, it was not a government survey. It was more about what kind of work I did, how long I did it, and what might make me look for other work. Towards the end I thought it was going to be a political survey, but the only question they asked was about how likely I was to vote in the 2004 Presidential election.