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Elections: What’s the Worst Political Call You’ve Received?

With the 2012 Presidential election only a few weeks away, pollsters are working their dialing fingers overtime to reach out to Tampa Bay residents and glean their opinions.

Election season is in full swing. In the Tampa Bay area and beyond that also means that telemarketing season is heating up to the boiling point.

As if there was any doubt, the constant ringing of the phone in the evening hours makes it quite clear. Ogden, Utah, Washington, D.C., New York City – the caller ID makes it pretty obvious the calls are coming from either President Obama’s campaign or Gov. Mitt Romney’s. And, if not, a political action committee somehow related to the race.

Even so, many of us just can’t help but answer, eager to share our opinions in the latest poll to come down the pike. While most of us who do answer those calls anticipate professionals on the other end of the line, sometimes we find ourselves embroiled in a survey that’s one-sided, comical or even downright rude. (One caller to my house hung up mid-survey when I didn’t provide the answers he sought.)

Considering that Election Season can also prove to be Intrusive Call Season, we want to hear from you Tampa Bay! Tell us about the funniest, strangest or rudest political call you’ve received so far this election year. On the flip side, let us know about pollsters who have been fun to speak with. Just share your stories in the comments section.

Linda Beckman September 27, 2012 at 05:55 PM
If Ms. Lonon wanted to stir the pot, she certainly succeeded! It only took two posts for some moron to get his political rap on, which was immediately followed by a rebuttal. The author asked for comments pertaining to political or robo call, NOT "who do you support and why?" These kinds of comments do nothing to encourage unity: something this country sorely needs. Please feel free to express your political views at the polls and spare the rest of us your rant!
RD September 27, 2012 at 07:55 PM
What Linda said... I have my ringer shut off so I don't get robo calls or have to listen to some more BS about the candidates. We have a DVR so we don't have to watch the hateful political commercials that don't tell you anything about the candidates. I'd shoot myself otherwise.
Anita Long September 28, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Well written, Linda! I am so tired of all this political bickering. Unity is the key. As far as robo calls go, that's why we invested in an answering machine. So easy to press the 'delete' key.
Tessa Lokas October 01, 2012 at 09:49 PM
keith Best, This incubent President has done a lot more than the prevoius 8years president. Health of a nation is the wealth of a nation hence the adage' HEALTH IS WEALTH'. eVERY OUNTRY INCLUDING 3RD WORLD COUNTRY do care for their citizen healthwise and this president has done do .Other ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF PRESIDENT OBAMA ARE;EDUCATION -DOUBLING FUNDING FOR PELL GRANT , EQUAL PAY FOR MEN/WOMEN TO NAME A FEW, SAVING THE US AUTO INDUSTRY, MIDDLE CLASS TAXS CUTS. SO I HOPE THE COUNTRY WILL THE RIGHT THING AND VOTE PRESIDENT OBAMA AGAIN. THANK YOU ALL
Kathy Lambert October 03, 2012 at 06:03 PM
Probably the robo calls that won the prize are the ones where our former Democratic Executive committee person, Alison Morano, had calls to voters recommending they call an 800 number for further assistance with elections information. The number was in error. It sent voters directly to an 800 number internet florist company. Voters insisted that the floral company give them info on the Democratic candidates, but the florists told them they either had to take their order for a bouquet or they would have to hang up. For this excellent service to the county Democratic party, Alison Morano was moved up to party office at the State level. As they say, reality is stranger than fiction. Have a great day! Kat. :)

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