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August 01, 2006

My Name is Emily, and I'm a Volunteer with the Democratic Party

Last night I did more phone canvassing for the Dems. I made 216 phone calls and got seventeen people to take my five-question survey about the fall election. Mostly I got answering machines and disconnected numbers, but I also got hung up on in all kinds of ways. If the hang-up seemed accidental, I called back; if it seemed intentional, I didn't. David briefly worked for a market research firm that did telephone surveying, and he had to call back everyone who hung up on him. I can't say I enjoy the phone canvassing -- actually, it is pretty tedious -- but it is a necessary evil that someone needs to do, and it is nice to be able to have the spare time to help out. It has also given me a lot more sympathy for people who make phone calls for a living, though I still think telemarketers are evil. At least I wasn't asking for money!

Posted by eklanche at August 1, 2006 12:07 PM


17 out of 216 calls is not a very good average, is it?
Are you cold-canvassing, or are you using lists of Democrats
who should have been more willing to spend a few minutes
to hear you out, and to comply with the survey request.
Time of day (or night) is very important, and it is difficult to
call when someone isn't sitting down to a meal.
If these conditions exist (meals, "inconvenient time," etc.,
ask, "May I call back at a better time?" Not a guarantee, but try it.
216 calls at one sitting? How "cheery" can you be after that
dedication of time and energy?

Posted by: kjhilfman@optonline.net at August 1, 2006 05:58 PM

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