If you’re one of those people who wonders who those pollsters are calling, look no further. Somehow, I got on a list and just got off the phone with a nice woman from Issues & Answers Network, Inc. (I think), a marketing research company out of Virginia Beach. The poll was quite specific to Connecticut politics and the race for governor.
So, when it comes to the state’s race for governor, questions revolved around Gov. M. Jodi Rell, Secretary of State Susan Bysiewicz and Stamford Mayor Dan Malloy. There were also some U.S. Senate race questions specific only to Sen. Chris Dodd, Rob Simmons and Linda McMahon.
I mention the list of names as a possible measurement of who may be considered leaders when it comes to the individual races. Others mentioned in the poll – measuring current favorable rating only – included Sen. Joe Lieberman, Ned Lamont (where did that come from), President Obama, and Attorney General Richard Blumenthal.
Of course, they asked the stupid questions. I refuse to describe myself as Republican. I consider myself a conservative – maybe a Mark Levin conservative – who happens to be a you’re-not-getting-any-cash-from-me member of the Republican party. Big difference in my book.
They redeemed themselves somewhat by asking something similar to question D3 in the George Washington University Battleground Poll, but the Battleground poll available answers were better, providing six options, where I think they only offered three or four options for this poll.
For governor, they matched Rell up to both Malloy and Bysiewicz. For senator, they matched Dodd up with Simmons and McMahon.
There was some serious push polling going on, starting with a listing of positive contributions and accomplishments by Bysiewicz, Malloy and Rell and asking about a favorable rating for each. Then came to the six what they say questions – all negative – about Rell and asking if those statements changed my opinion of the governor.
I guess they were trying to figure out the current perception of Rell, and measure which topic they (Democrats) should really push. There were six statements designed to degrade the opinion of the current governor and I can not remember all of them, but I know one had to do with 20 state employees making lots of money who were really just political advisers.
So there ya go, now you know someone who has been polled.