A new phone survey has been running about building the Walmart at 85th and Minnesota. I haven’t heard the survey myself, but here is the gist;

• Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion on the proposed Walmart at 85th & Minnesota?(sic)

It was followed by a specific question.

• Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion about Mayor Huether?(sic)

It was followed by a specific question.

• Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion about councilor Greg Jamison?(sic)

It was followed by a specific question.

• Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion about the city council?(sic)

It was followed by a specific question.

• Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion about Bonita Schwan (SON organizer and council candidate)?(sic)

It was followed by a specific question.

• Do you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion about Dana Palmer (SON organizer)?(sic)

It was followed by a specific question.

I don’t know all the specifics of the follow-up questions, and I certainly don’t know who is conducting the survey (though I do have my guesses) but if anyone gets the survey and would like to help me fill in further blanks, that would be great.

What surprises me the most is the question about Dana Palmer (a private citizen). They used to pull this crap with Stehly. It is one thing to be running for office, it is entirely something else to be organizing a petition drive. Doesn’t matter if you agree or disagree with Palmer, if she is not running for office, and is working in her best interests as a private citizen, it should be hands off. Of course, that’s not how it rolls in this town, anybody who questions the kingdom’s court decisions shall be tarred and feathered, even though, we both know, it should be the other way around.

19 Thoughts on “New phone survey on SF politics & Walmart

  1. Oh they didn’t ask about me? bummer.

  2. Ol'Bubbleguts on January 7, 2014 at 3:35 am said:

    This SON acronym has me perplexed,search fu akimbo.


  3. I got a call and hung up.

  4. rufusx on January 7, 2014 at 9:04 am said:

    Isn’t pretty much every post on this blog asking a question as to opinion of one person or another? Including some “private” citizens (various developer names and so on)?

  5. pathloss on January 7, 2014 at 9:28 am said:

    Sounds like a disguised survey regarding city election. I doubt Walmart is involved unless they want to be sure Huether will be reelected.

  6. Ruf, I was unaware that Dana was taking advantage of a government program (like the developers I speak of on this site)?

    I think so far, government’s ineffectiveness has only cost Dana and the SON group $$$.

  7. rufusx on January 7, 2014 at 2:01 pm said:

    Does she use the public streets?

  8. rufusx on January 7, 2014 at 2:02 pm said:

    Was SON forced into existence by the evil government – or did they choose to create themselves – with NO interference from same?

  9. She also pays taxes to use the streets, the developers get rebates while the rest of us have to foot the bill for their infrastructure costs.

    I can go on all day like this. There are no two-ways around it. TIF’s are a handout.

  10. First, I’m confused why you are inserting “(sic)” after each question – not only is it typically found in brackets rather than parenthesis, but it also is meant to refer to errors in written text – not in a verbal format.

    Anyway, since when is asking an opinion of someone a bad thing? Palmer is a spokesperson for a vocal citizen’s group… she put herself in the spotlight, so this is hardly unfair. Besides – nobody is attacking her they are merely asking an opinion. You yourself have called out not only independent business owners but also wives of politicians and pretty much anyone else that you happen to disagree with on any given day.

    Are you really going to pretend this is crossing some invisible line?

  11. I hope I get the call, and I hope it is a real person instead of a robocall. Robocalls aren’t as much fun to deal with.

  12. Polling people with public numbers and time to answer a survey. That will be a great look a the perspective of the elderly. Might as well ask what denture grip works the best.

    A typical polling interaction.
    Walmart? I go to HyVee, cause they have the 3 dollar senior breakfast at 4AM.

    I’m pulling for you to get that call to Joan butI really think OBG would be a helluvela call to listen in on.

  13. LJL, just so you know the last time one of these surveys was running around I was called on my cell phone, and I know a couple other people were as well.

    Don’t ask me where they managed to find my number… but this isn’t the first time a pollster has found me. Needless to say it isn’t just landlines these days.

  14. I gave it to them. 🙂

  15. Craig is right, they call cell phones now.

    I guess, my point is that Dana isn’t getting some special treatment, in fact, she is getting the shaft. I guess I see a difference between “What is your opinion of a citizen who is spending their own money to fight a corporate retail giant AND What is your opinion of a developer who consistently has city officials bend over backwards for them by giving them tax incentives and rebates?”

  16. Jackilope on January 8, 2014 at 10:11 pm said:

    They called me tonight. They inquired about how one felt (Favorable or not) on Mayor Mike or Jamison, asked who I’d vote for out of the two (I answered if election today, I’d leave that vote blank and just vote on the other items on ballot).

    They also asked about Bonita Schwann re: favorable or not. The fellow said “Donna Palmer” and I asked if he meant Dana.

    After some emphatic “Good God, NO” responses …. I had the survey fellow laughing and I was laughing at the questions.

    He called after 9:00 — or phone call was about at 9:00, I think survey ended at 9:30 or 9:35.

  17. Are you sure he didn’t say ‘Donna Reed’? Because I would have been like, damn right I will vote for her!


  18. Testor15 on January 10, 2014 at 7:53 am said:

    Sounds like pre-election push polling starting up. Get names identified with negatives and build responses.

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