I got a call from a pollster. Generally I turn them down, because, for some reason I think I have a conflict of interest. In retrospect, I do not think that anyone has any duty to respect the sanctity of the polls, since many of the pollsters themselves do not. However, since this was about the state house race, I took the survey because I do not blog about the state races.
There were a couple of interesting questions outside of the "do you know z, do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of them?"
First, among the candidates, they asked if I knew Steve Huffman, but did not include any of the other congressional candidates. Even more interesting because from the "hypothetical" questions asked, this was obviously a Hershberger poll. In retrospect, however, many of the questions asked were easily transferable to Huffman as well, so I would not be surprised if he was helping to fund the poll as hired polls are usually pretty expensive for state house candidates.
Based on the questions asked, it appears that that Hershberger and perhaps Huffman intend to use education and transportation spending to deflect the immigration issue. The passive aggressive way the questions were formulated almost made me feel like someone who keeps trying to ask the same question a different way in trying to fish for a different answer outside of illegal immigration being the number one issue.
Obviously, I was a sample size of one, but I would infer from the questioning that past polling has shown the immigration issue to be huge, at least for Republican primary voters.
Additionally, I was asked about my religiosity and views on abortion as well. Not sure what to make of that.