Originally posted on http://digitaldiatribes.wordpress.com on March 17, 2007.
Hey, you know how you’re always seeing those polls that ask those questions about what’s going on? You know, like “Do you approve of the job the President is doing?” And you know how you’re always saying “Pffft. Those polls mean nothing. I’ve never been polled. I’ve never known anyone who’s been polled.”
I used to say those things. But now I can’t. I was part of a recent Gallup poll. And then, they asked if I wanted to be part of a Gallup panel. Apparently, what this means is that if you say yes, you will get surveyed quite often on all sorts of topics.
My first inclination on all these things is always to say “forget it.” As if I don’t have other things to do. This blog, for example. OK, maybe that’s not a good example, but I think you can all see by my subject matter that my hands are relatively full with both useful and useless things.
But I did not say “forget it.” The civic responsibility gene kicked in, or something. I imagined my opinion actually mattering. Actually, my response to my wife, as she incredulously asked “You mean you’re actually going to do this?” was something like “Yeah. And you are too! Too many screwed-up people are answering these polls. We need more people like us answering them!”
I’ll be curious to see how much they tap the “practicing Catholic with 6 [2008 edit: 7!] kids” demographic.
Anyway, that’s pretty much it. Not too exciting, but the next time you see a Gallup Poll, it just may include the random opinion of a Diatribical Idiot.