I received an email from the Obama campaign reminding me that I hadn’t filled out a survey they’d sent. Frankly, I don’t recall having seen a survey, but there’s a good chance I’d have ignored it if I had seen it.
So the thought that a survey sent to me from the campaign went unanswered was hardly a surprise. (Oddly enough, I wasn’t directly involved in either the 2008 or 2012 campaign in any manner, so I don’t know why they’d send me a participation survey.)
When I clicked the link to open it, I landed on an official-looking survey. It wanted me to supply my email address, first and last name, birth date (including year) and zip code. That information in itself would be enough for me to likely decline to participate: they don’t need my full name and birthdate. They already have my email address. But I kept reading. and came to this question:
Which constituency groups do you identity yourself with? Select all that apply.
So I started scanning the list. The first option was “African American.” This would lead me to believe that “Caucasian” — or even just “white” — would be on the list somewhere. It wasn’t. Do they think no white people supported Obama? (I have news for them on that one…whites did vote for Obama. Both times.
As I read the list, the only “constituency group” with which I identify in the entire list was “People of Faith.”
Here’s the complete list:
- African Americans
- Americans Abroad
- Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- Healthcare Professionals
- Jewish Americans
- Native Americans
- People of Faith
- People with disabilities
- Rural Americans
- Small business owners
- Veterans/military families
- Young professionals
Might there not be other groups who show support to the president? Shouldn’t we want to list more groups? Shouldn’t we want to include as many groups as we can? How about those “Caucasians”? How about “Middle class”? <Labor, to some, means labor unions.)
I’m sure, given time, I could come up with a few more groups of which I might consider myself a member, but were not represented.
There’s a distinct possibility that this survey was some sort of phishing scheme and had no connection to the Obama campaign. It certainly looks legitimate, and I’m pretty good at spotting fakes.
If it is legit, I think they might want to reconsider their questions.