The general election is rapidly approaching. As noted in my previous post on political robo-calls, Shaun Dakin of the CEO and Founder of The National Political Do Not Contact Registry said these calls will only grow with intensity as politicians clear their campaign coffers.
“As the candidates, external groups such as national parties, unions, and other funded organizations, get geared up for the campaign(s),” Dakin said in an e-mail message,“there will be an onslaught of ‘robo-calls.’”
Also noted in the previous post, political robo-calls have become the second most used form of political advertisement, behind leafletting. They are cheap for the candidates but mean money for the companies that are hired to place the calls. According to a quote by GOPcalls.com, it would cost 7.9 cents per call to dial up to 1,000 people. The more people you call, the cheaper it gets. To call between 25,001 and 100,000 constituents, it would cost a mere 3.9 cents per call. But do the numbers translate into results?
Every respondent to the survey has stated that political robo-calls do not influence how he or she votes.
But four respondents said that Congress should not outlaw the calls because it would prohibit free speech.
One respondent described receiving a robo-call from former President Bill Clinton. “Once the novelty wore off — and I once again realized how bored that guy must be — I was annoyed,” the respondent said. One offered a possible solution for those who wish to avoid these calls. “Haven’t gotten any,” wrote one respondent, “probably because I don’t have a land line.”
That quote may also explain the large number of respondents who escaped the incessant ringing of running representatives. The large majority of respondents of 67% responded that they had not received robo-calls.
Check back for more results as the general election rapidly approaches.