So I’m preparing dinner for my kids and the phone rings.  A nice man with a thick accent, probably from one of the “Stans,” informs me that he’s with blah, blah Research Associates or something and asks if I have approximately three minutes to answer some questions.

Sure.  Always like to help the pollsters out.

First question:  “Are you in a location which is safe for you to answer some political questions?”

Me:  “Well I hope so!”

Second question:  “On a scale of 1 to 10 with 10 being that you will certainly vote in the November 6 California election and a 1 being no chance that you will vote, how likely are you to vote?”

Me:  “10.”

Third question:  “Would you say that California is moving in the right direction or the wrong direction?”

Me:  “It depends on the issue, but I would say somewhere in between, leaning in the right direction.  Is that an acceptable answer?”

Questioner:  “Yes it is.  I don’t have any further questions.  Thank you for your time.”

Me:  “But that wasn’t three minutes!”

Questioner:  “I have what I need.  Thank you for your time.”

Gee.  You think that was going to be a push poll?