I had a job in market research when I was 20 years old. I would call people and ask them to complete surveys of varying lengths. Some were only a few minutes long, and others took almost an hour. I think the longest one was a survey where we asked farmers about their usage of a certain herbicide and whether or not it helped their crop yields.
Since I have a history with it, I always say yes when they ask me if I will do a survey. I received a phone call tonight from Bellwether Research. They wanted to ask me questions about the upcoming referendum in my school district. Unfortunately the young man conducting the survey talked so fast I could hardly understand him, even though I asked him to slow down a few times. Also, he kept pronouncing “referendum” as “Ree-FUR-dumb,” as in ,”Would you support a local ree-FUR-dumb to raise property taxes in your area so the schools can hire more teachers?” I said “referendum” a few times, bu he never caught on.
At the end of the call his supervisor came on to verify he had actually completed the survey (as opposed to padding his numbers by lying, which happens). I verified that he did his job, and then mentioned to her that he needs to learn how to pronounce “referendum” as well as the fact that he needs to slow down so people can understand him. Maybe I was his first ever survey. Hopefully he improves.
Oh, and one of the questions said there was a property tax ballot measure that passed back in 2009 giving more money to the schools. The question asked if I wanted to keep the tax going, increase it a little or increase it a lot. There was no option to quit being taxed for that percentage. Hmmm.