I’m sorry that I don’t fit your demographic or population.
We don’t have a TV.
I don’t listen to commercial radio.
I don’t read the political flyers we get.
I do my own research.
That’s how I was raised.
Reagan and Hayakawa, a linguist, ran for office in my home state while I was growing up. My Dad deliberately shut off Reagan’s ads and said to me: “His business is communication.” Then he’d say, “He’s an actor, so he knows how to sound sincere.”
Or when I commented on how good Hayakawa’s ads were in the paper, he said about the same thing, except he reminded me that Hayakawa was a linguist, so he was a master of the written word.
What I took away from that, and voting in a national election the first time when Nixon was re-elected (can you say Watergate?) was that I cannot trust anything anyone else says, especially when they are giving it to me.
If a flyer shows up, it has been written to probably appeal to me, or our income group, or people who live on properties this big or . . . (fill in the blank of whatever group they think is strongest aspect of my life).
Whether it’s my party or not, whether it is an issue I may appear to agree with them, or not — I put it immediately into the recycling bin and don’t read the flyer. I turn off radio ads. I flip past newspaper ads. We have no television. I open another window when I get an internet ad. We don’t go to political house parties.
Everyone wants to know who we’ll vote for? We don’t know. We won’t know til we do our research. Incumbents aren’t safe. Women aren’t safe. No one is safe.
I do my own research. I don’t care what the rhetoric says.
I care about how you voted if you’re an incumbent. How many times you’ve been married. Where you’re from. How long you lived there? Did you go to college? Get a scholarship? In the military? How long? What do you do for work other than being a wanna be politician? How did you get the job?
I value people who work hard, did their stint for our country, and above all I value honesty, integrity and hard work.
I make up my own mind.
More? If you actually get me to take your silly poll? I’ll deliberately skew my answers to encompass what I think your slant is. I WANT to be part of the lunatic fringe you discount + or – 3%. Yep — that’s me and I am PROUD of it!
I make up my own mind. I do the work I have to do that. I’m an American. The work is necessary. I am NOT a party hack.
But, I am proud to say I’m a pollster’s worst nightmare.