Oakland-based EMC Research called this Alameda resident last night, August 29, to see if I would answer a brief survey on issues and candidates. But since the kids had to go back to school early today, August 30, I declined.
The survey group called back this evening, at about 7 p.m. and asked again if I would take a “short survey.”
I was asked for my reactions to mayoral candidate statements, opinions on the mayoral and council candidates, the fire chief, interim city manager, Alameda Point, SunCal, unions, etc.
With the long list of candidates, hot issues and questions in the survey, I really had to narrow down my preferences, define my opinions and figure out what was influencing my choices. This was certainly educational — though I wouldn’t call the process “brief.”
(The only controversy that wasn’t included in the survey was the new restricted schedule for our bridge openings.)
About 15 or 20 minutes later, I was told that my survey information was confidential. But the survey-taker could not (or would not) tell me who was paying for the “research.”
Does anyone in or around the Island know who is responsible for the query?
Or, better said, would the candidate responsible for this “research” come forward when the results are ready — and share both the data and the financial resources behind it?
This hometown voter wants to know … as I’m sure others do.