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April 24, 2017 Jean's View: The pollsters are coming
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By Jean Godden

My phone began ringing overtime this week with calls from public opinion pollsters. I am an easy target, an almost perfect voter having missed only one election. (Blame a bad case of stomach flu in the days before mail-in voting.)

Whenever there is an election or local controversy I get dozens of calls. Pollsters want to know how I feel about certain candidates and how I plan to vote on ballot issues.

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This week I got two calls from the same PR firm. The first I brushed off; the second I decided, out of curiosity, to answer. I knew it was a survey because the poor, probably underpaid worker couldn't pronounce my name. It is God-den; not Good-en. Is there some rule they can't say "god?"

The call I took was from the Burnett Group, a New York-based "boutique marketing and communication firm." The interviewer wanted to ask about local issues and said it would take "only a few minutes."

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