I just got off the phone with a person calling from 804-446-4934 claiming to be conducting a survey about the Virginia Republican Convention.
I agreed to answer the three questions on the survey. I am signed up to be a Delegate and assumed this was related to that fact.
The first question was “Who do you support for the Republican Nomination for Attorney General, Rob Bell or Mark Obenshain”.
Ok. Fair question, but I am still undecided and undeclared. And I have not endorsed anyone in any of the races yet.
The second question wanted to know if I was going to the Convention.
But the third question is where the negative “push polling” came in.
Wikipedia defines Push Poll this way:
A push poll is an interactive marketing technique, most commonly employed during political campaigning, in which an individual or organization attempts to influence or alter the view of respondents under the guise of conducting a poll.
The last question falls into the category.
What do you think is the most important for the next Attorney General:
1. That they protect the Constitution.
2. That they protect property rights.
3. That they protect the 2nd Amendment.
4. That they are a lawyer in a large Law Firm.
5. That they come from a powerful political family.
My first thought was that whoever wrote this question was an idiot. The first three responses are covered by #1. Protect the Constitution. Which made sense when I heard the real reason for the poll.
The last two push responses were out of bounds for a true gentleman.
And as I said, I am undecided.
But after this underhanded poll, I am leaning towards Mark Obenshain.
Rob Bell should pull this type of tactic. It smacks of desperation.
And by the way, the last thing the pollster said was “This poll was paid for and approved by Rob Bell”.