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The call from a pollster

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By Merilee Dannemann

The phone call is from a pollster – another one.
This year I decided that if they sound even halfway legitimate, I’m going to take the time and answer their questions. I want my opinion to count. In past years I have been more wary, suspecting that no matter how they masquerade, their mission is more nefarious than what they say.
(I don’t respond to calls that promise that in return for answering a few questions I will qualify for a free two-day cruise.)
The season’s first polling call took about 15 minutes, and the questions were fascinating. Minutes later, I remembered I’m a newspaper columnist and kicked myself for not taking notes. This time, I was sitting at my computer when the pollster called.
The pollster asks what I think are the most important issues facing New Mexico.  I say, economic development and education. Later I wished I had said something more original, like general ineptitude, New Mexico’s 49th rank in almost everything, or perhaps the issue that logically should stop growth in its tracks, water. But realistically, politicians can’t make it rain.
Today’s poll is about my district’s candidates for state Senate. I didn’t tell the pollster I am acquainted with both candidates, but she didn’t ask.


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