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Yay or Nay: Do Recorded Campaign Calls Change Your Mind?

Guess who called me last night?! Mitt. My good friend Mitt Romney. It's weird though — he didn't even ask how I was doing — it was one of those recorded campaign calls that are currently zapping their way by the millions through every state up for grabs on Super Tuesday. As I hung up midrecording, I wondered — do these things ever change anyone's mind? Does anyone sit and listen to the whole message, and come to a different conclusion at the end? Are they a smart concept because a voter can sit and hear a message from the comfort of their home, or are they just a big nuisance? I think I could get behind one round of calls by the parties on election morning reminding people to vote, but it strikes me as the laziest, most ineffective method of campaigning. Am I wrong? Do these phone calls stand a chance of changing someone's mind?

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mlmoreno47 mlmoreno47 9 years
Someone wedged a Barack Obama flyer in my door around 2:30 am and my dogs went NUTS waking me up from a deep sleep. That really pissed me off.
shanimalcracker shanimalcracker 9 years
What is strange to me is that they call across party lines. I got a call from the Obama campaigners and had to tell them, "Sorry, I'm a registered Republican."
piper23 piper23 9 years
Ron Paul, I think you're great but - STOP CALLING ME ALREADY!!!
fuzzles fuzzles 9 years
I've got a wonderful solution for dealing with the jackholes that call for a political survey. I was blessed with a last name that is hard to pronounce. As a result, people that don't know me from beans will murder it. This tips me off that they are telemarketers. I then tell them that I am just the gardener, and the people that they are seeking to speak with are vacationing in Europe. In the case of a political survey, vacationing until the end of this year! ;)
bandages bandages 9 years
They basically work best if you're a known supporter of that particular candidate, then it just reminds you about supporting your candidate.
Neekoh Neekoh 9 years
why does this man look like he's sitting on a toilet making a phone call?
Princesskitty22 Princesskitty22 9 years
Ah, yes. The day before the Michigan primary, we got several calls from old Mitt. It sounded like Mitt Romney and Steven Hawking's love child.
uptown_girl uptown_girl 9 years
As a teenager, trying to sleep in one weekend, I was alone in the house. We got three back to back campaign phone calls from the same candidate. On the third one I yelled at the recording, slammed the phone down, then left it off the hook.
hvnly34 hvnly34 9 years
I could see the calls changing someone's mind or inspiring them to vote ONLY if they werent' already aware of the politician's stance on the issues. I heard that campaigns will also send out robocalls that seem to be in support of their competition during dinner times or in the middle of the super bowl game to piss people off in hopes that it will send them to their camp.
potc-crazyy potc-crazyy 9 years
We haven't gotten any since well, we're immigrants and can't vote. @MuggleCrazed: That's great! Ahahah. One time I got a robot phone call and I yelled '**** you Jewish Starfish!' (it's from a Demetri Martin joke, I had just watched one of his gigs on youtube).
MOMto2Kitties MOMto2Kitties 9 years
Luckily I have never had one of those calls. if I did get one, it would make NO difference, I have already done my research on the cndidates and know who I am voting for.
trésjolie1 trésjolie1 9 years
lol, GO OBAMA!
NYYPrincess NYYPrincess 9 years
I just find them so annoying. I don't live in NY anymore yet when the governor was running a few years ago, received one of these calls ... in my new state (and yes, new area code!)
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 9 years
No way... they just p*ss people off!
chakra_healer chakra_healer 9 years
^LoLl! Hilarious!
MuggleCrazed MuggleCrazed 9 years
I hear the whole Hello. I'm mitt Romney and I care about you crap for the first three seconds. Then yell at the recorded message something like "GO OBAMA!!" Then Hang Up. It's fun. :D
tkoblondee tkoblondee 9 years
No! Things like that totally piss me off! I would cause me to change my vote...for their opponent!!
JaeB JaeB 9 years
I definitely don't think of it as a mind changer, but as a reminder. A reminder to pay attention, get the facts, get involved, to talk to people, and to vote. I appreciate that reminder. Getting involved in a political race or campaign is not the easiest thing to incorporate into your already full and busy life. But every time someone calls me about the candidate they support, they're doing more than I'm doing for the candidate I support.
ladyk312 ladyk312 9 years
I wouldn't say these types of calls 'changed my mind' however, I recently received a 'robot' phone call from someone supporting Hillary Clinton. What it did was remind me of how much I love politics (although not so much in the last few years) and that I have to get out to vote. Living in NYC, I forget how much voting matters because we don't get any attention, but the call inspired me to make sure to vote in the primary. Not to mention that this is an entirely new ball game without George B.
Cadet Cadet 9 years
This is the reason I have declined to state a political party. (Plus, the two-party system is ridiculously stringent as it is, but that's neither here nor there.)
redegg redegg 9 years
I don't see how it's any lazier than a prerecorded TV ad. Romney, McCain, and Huckabee are all campaigning across the country and doing TV ads as well as phone calls.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
No.
sugarbean sugarbean 9 years
I'm guessing that they must be effective to some degree if campaigns are going to continue spending money on them. If that's how they want to spend their money, well, go for it I do, however, have a problem with the unauthorized calls (there's no "this message was approved and paid for by XXXXX"). I know there were reports on Huffington, Drudge, the Caucus and various other sources about problems with "robocalls" -- I got two of them. Robocalls, which came up on Caller ID as "unknown" took up cell phone minutes I'll never get back (I only answer unknown calls because when my dad calls me from his office, it comes up as unknown). Verizon tells me that there's no way to trace the calls (without involving law enforcement at least) What's the big deal? well, aside from taking away my minutes, not being able to find out where the call came from means that it's basically impossible to find out who is paying for it. The two robocalls I got were actually the same recording. I was in class for one of them, so it went to voicemail (I have the content of the call written down if anyone is interested in it) -- and I suspect that it was paid for by a group that is organized under 501(c)(3) status. They get to dodge taxes on tons of stuff, but in exchange, they are forbidden by law from participating in political activities. The recording basically made Mike Huckabee sound like a saint (ha!) and simultaneously demonized McCain, Romney and Giuliani. At the end, rather than the approved by/paid for statement, the recording mentioned an award given to Huckabee by a pro-life group, said "God bless you" and ended. The robocalls were tremendously different from the call I received from the McCain camp -- which focused on him (what he has done and what he will do kind of thing) and asked me to vote. No remarks (disparaging or otherwise) about other candidates, and a phone number showed up in Caller ID. McCain's call was too late -- I'd already voted, but I listened to it anyway. The other two calls, however, pissed me off. I wasn't planning on voting for Huckabee, and the call made me wish I could vote against him more than once. Sadly, there are plenty of people who will receive robocalls and not question the information in them, either because they don't have the time or they don't care enough. Sorry, this is way too long already!
AKirstin AKirstin 9 years
I think it's pretty universally known that people do not enjoy getting solicitation at home. It feels pushy, no matter what they say.
katies104 katies104 9 years
I went to see John McCain speak this morning in Nashville and tonight he called my house! When I answered the phone I wanted to blurt out "hey i SAW you today!" but then his robot voice just kept talking. He's SOOO much more cool, likable, and animated, than he seems on tv and when he droned on about his views on the phone.
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