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.