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Push Polls in NYC?

This from a colleague who received a call on Sunday night:

Sunday night I was minding my own business when I got a call from a self-described market research firm called PSA ("It doesn’t stand for anything," said the young lady).

PSA wanted to know if I preferred Bloomberg or Ferrer, but the questions quickly moved to starkly unbalanced characterizations of the UFT’s positions vs. Bloomberg’s, 1199 and Bloomberg, even David Dinkins and Bloomberg.

For example, who did I believe: teachers, who complain they are underpaid or Mike Bloomberg, who raised test scores and is demanding accountability from teachers and schools. Um, gee, what’s the answer?

The “question” on 1199 wasn’t even framed as a choice. It simply attached Ferrer’s name to the “information” that 1199 has tried to bargain for city health and benefits for 25,000 members in exchange for a Bloomberg endorsement. 

Another “question” asked if I was more inclined to vote for Ferrer or Bloomberg once I knew David Dinkins had endorsed Ferrer. When I still said Ferrer (I answered Ferrer to everything, just for fun) the lady persevered, asking would I still vote for Ferrer if I knew that “when asked who’d make a better mayor, Dinkins had replied ‘we’ll see’.’’

I finally told the lady this was ridiculous. She sort of laughed and promised we were almost through, then asked for my demographic data. What was this???

Doesn’t sound like they’re testing their message to me.



  • 1 firebrand
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 9:06 pm

    well we know Bloomberg has the deepest pockets in New Yoirk so what else are we to expect?

    I received a phone call from the same group but they just asked me if they and Mike Bloomberg “could count one” my vote on election day. I said “NO” and was thanked and then she hung up.

    The following day I was visited VISITED by a senior citizen who was hired to get people to sign some petition for Bloomberg. That poor man got and earful and he backed away apologizing telling me that “almost every teacher” he spoke to told him the same thing.

  • 2 R. Skibins
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 10:41 pm

    With his deep pockets, Bloomberg got the best test that money could buy. Republicans, by the way, have been doing push polling for decades.

  • 3 mvplab
    · Sep 27, 2005 at 11:53 pm

    Hey, Hey, Ho, Ho, the wicked Kleinberg’s got to go!

    I’m ready for Freddy! I want to march with Freddy at my side!

    Let’s return the city to Democrats and to working people! To a mayor who’ll stand by me and you!

  • 4 NYC Educator
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 3:45 pm

    Let’s endorse Freddy already. Bloomie and Klein already hate us and everything we stand for.

    Is the UFT worried they’ll begin hating us and everything we stand for more than now? I can’t see how that’s possible.

  • 5 shouldhavegonetomeds
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 8:20 pm

    Remember teachers how enthusiastic you were about Rudy G!! I mean you really did love him. Women felt safer. People practically orgasmed over the increased value in their co-ops (Many moronic teachers told me that’s why they were voting for him, even with two years of zeroes in their pockets) Our Italian Catholic teachers especially the men from locales like Staten Island, Queens, Brooklyn were enthralled with him. Crime was down they said. Of course teachers were robbed two years of raises and tenure came under assualt. Hey, but that didn’t bother them. And when it was over and let’s face it Rudy didn’t want it to be over, he endorsed Mike Bloomberg as Rudy surely will again this time.

    In a way, I must say that anyone working in education smart enough to get a Master’ Degree and stupid enough to have fallen for Rudy who really got this teacher swindle going, on some level deserves everything they are getting now. I got tired of warning teachers for years where Republican rule would lead us. To bad people don’t read history books a bit more carefully.

  • 6 firebrand
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 8:47 pm

    NYC Educator,
    I agree but…if Freddy loses…and he might….just imagine how the mayor will treat us then!

    You know he’s a brat. You know he sulks when he doesn’t get his way. You know he’s like a kid in the sandbox who won’t share his shovel and bucket. You know he’s mean enough to get even nastier if he wins the election and we put our full force behind Freddy and it wasn’t enough.

    What can we do?

  • 7 NYC Educator
    · Sep 28, 2005 at 10:10 pm

    Great characterization.

    Nastier? He may be worse than Rudy.