Be Aware and Beware of Push Polls

As the election heats up, many of us will be receiving phone calls from polling organizations asking about the issues and candidates we support. Not all of these polls, however, are legitimate.

The American Association for Public Opinion Research defines a “push poll” as a form of negative campaigning that is disguised as a political poll. Push polls are actually political telemarketing— telephone calls disguised as research that aim to persuade large numbers of voters and affect election outcomes, rather than measure opinions.

More information about these tactics, which are likely to become more common as big money interests get active in New Mexico, can be found in the New York Times and American Association for Public Opinion Research.

New Mexico State Legislature – Interim Session
May 2018 – December 2018

The New Mexico State Legislature opens January 15, 2019 but Interim Sessions are already happening!

During regular legislative sessions in New Mexico, legislators are often busy and distracted.  This can make it difficult for activists to get a hearing with them. They are often in a rush and don’t have much time to have an in-depth conversation. This is especially true the final frantic weeks at the end of the session.
 
For this reason, successful advocacy requires us to start having conversations with legislators long before the session starts. The New Mexico legislature has what’s called an “interim period” that extends roughly from May to December every year. During the interim period, legislators have much more time to talk to their constituents. They tend to be more relaxed and more open to different perspectives. It’s during this period that you can have deeper, more intimate conversations with them about the issues that matter the most to you.

For this reason, successful advocacy requires us to start having conversations with legislators long before the session starts. The New Mexico legislature has what’s called an “interim period” that extends roughly from May to December every year. During the interim period, legislators have much more time to talk to their constituents. They tend to be more relaxed and more open to different perspectives. It’s during this period that you can have deeper, more intimate conversations with them about the issues that matter the most to you.

Learn more with the ACLU’s Between the Sessions Activist Guide