Stay alert, people!
Councilman Mike DeFusco's hefty war chest has bought him a phone poll, which has been dirtying up telephones (and ears) citywide!
Yes, GA got it.
The pollster addressed me by name (creepy), identified her organization, then asked if I would take a poll about "local issues". I replied "Is this the DeFusco campaign poll?" She didn't respond, just repeated that the poll was about "local issues."
Then she asked: (1) "Are you affiliated with the media, broadcast or a radio station, etc?" and (2) "Do you have any political affiliations..?" When I told her I was a political advocate, she cut me off. Buh-bye.
So, this poll is really not about surveying registered voters- which I am.
The poll is about staying off the grid (no media) to spread disinformation about Mayor Zimmer and 'brand' Mike DeFusco to voters who are more open to suggestion (not connected to politics).
GA calls this a "push poll"; because cherry-picking who can participate shows that collecting information from a cross-section of voters was not the purpose of the call. And "no media" to report its 'alternative facts'.
From the NY Times article, "Push-Poll Defined":
“Push polls” — which are not really polls at all — are often criticized as a particularly sleazy form of negative political campaigning. Voters pick up the phone to hear what sounds like a research poll. But there is no effort to collect information, which is what a legitimate poll does. The questions are skewed to one side of an issue or candidate, the goal being to sway large numbers of voters under the guise of survey research.Folks who took the poll have contacted me; one person had this to say:
I just finished a Defusco for mayor telephone poll. It was hard not to laugh through every question! It was a live person. And a big push poll. Surprised Shake Shack did not come up but did described how he fought for green space and then got on zoning board and fought to preserve the character of Hoboken.
“Do I have more/less doubt on voting for DZ since she decided on plan for 10 foot wall that doesn't protect NE or train station”
“Do I have more/less doubt on voting for DZ as she was mayor when the city lost the discrimination suit by the director of public safety”
Asked if I thought DZ was ready to fight the Trump anti-urban agenda
Pollster said DZ raised taxes but nothing about fixing budget and credit rating. The 10 foot wall thing was wrong. It would come across really bad if you didn't know the history and background of each issue
Asked to choose: Very Favorable, Somewhat Favorable, Neutral, Somewhat unfavorable, Very Unfavorable for:
Do not remember Bautista coming up at all.
DeFusco was described as fighting for character of Hoboken, his work on zoning and council, all great stuff. Like Superman. DZ was described as focused on bike lanes and pet parks while there were still pot holes, parking problems and crumbling infrastructure leaving people without water... "So who would I vote for: DZ or DeFusco?" I swear the lady was chuckling at me every time I said I'd still vote for Dawn after the ridiculous questions
One open question towards the beginning what are Hoboken's 3 biggest problems.
Then who I would vote for if it was between DZ/Defusco/Nason/Jen
There are lies, then there are lies-by-omission. Check and check.
You've been warned!