As I walked in the door last night, the home phone was ringing, and I had 2 thoughts: telemarketer or political message.  (Okay, it was 3 thoughts: who still uses a home phone??)It was a political telephone poll call, asking me about my preferences in the race between Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins.

It was a political telephone poll call, asking me about my preferences in the race between Scott Angelle and Clay Higgins.

There were some generic questions to ascertain my demo, but there were also questions that were, in my opinion, posed to try to ascertain who was voting for whom.

I am just paraphrasing here, but questions like "Have you heard any messages from (or was it "about"?) Scott Angelle during this race?" "Have these messages improved Angelle's reputation in your mind?" or something like that.

There were questions about for whom I am most likely to vote, what issues our state/country faces for which I am most concerned, etc.

Normally, when I get these calls, they aren't automated, and as soon as I tell the surveyor that I am in the media, they politely thank me for my time and go about their business of bothering someone else around dinner time.  This automated poll did not ask that question. (I don't know why that question is important, because even though I am in the media, I still have a vote, right?)

So, the point(s) of this post: do you participate in these polls? Do you hang up right away? If you do go through with the poll, are you honest with your answers?

I understand that the polls help the candidates make decisions for their campaigns, but, after what happened with the 2016 presidential race, do you think that the polls are accurate enough for the candidates to trust?

P.S. - a note for the political pollsters: not everyone is honest on those polls (your margin of error is a joke, right?).