Green-Rainbow Polling Group Proposal.

  • Proposal Last Modified October 26th, 2021(Some comments below will have been in response to earlier versions.)
  • CO-SPONSORS: Brian Cady & Elie Yarden
  • VETTING COMMITTEES: To Be TechCom, ComCom & Adcom
  • SUMMARY: Create an in-house telephone, online & etc. polling organization of volunteer active members to serve our campaigns and party regularly and consistently.
  • BACKGROUND: The lifeblood of politics is knowing our constituents’ wants, needs and understandings. Regular and consistent polling can provide us with both a better understanding of our immediate base as well as improved knowledge of those just beyond the party’s edge – the next to recruit as we grow. And it could be a great service for our candidates. We could, through polling, keep abreast of our constituents’ top issues in life, as well as learn the level of Green understanding of both our immediate base, our broader green supporters and the Massachusetts general population we intend to serve. In this way we can understand what to learn next, what to teach next, and how we should represent our base and constituency. I intend to use some random telephone polling to complement and inform online polling that may have self-selecting respondents, which would bias polling results. Telephone polling samples would be selected randomly from each of these; members, 'U' voters, and general public - as far as is possible, as limited by phone numbers available.
  • TechComm will co-ordinate the group, supplying one co-ordinator to build the monthly question bank, set up the software, answer questions and guide poll operation.
  • As co-ordinator, Brian Cady will build each month’s question bank in consultation with CDLC and CommComm, to serve both our candidates and party, and Brian will analyze results.
  • Each chapter will nominate a team of members to poll their own region’s constituents, in collaboration with the other chapters’ teams polling their own constituents. In this way pollers will get to know their direct constituents and build local relationships. In addition, online polling may take place via email invitation, facebook, instagram, twitter,& etc.
  • Members of each chapter team would be invited to telephone poll together with the rest of the polling group once a month for overlapping six month intervals.
  • Once a month at a regular time, polling group members will meet via Zoom while telephoning either GRP members, ‘U’ voters or people in general in their chapter’s region of the state, as constrained by data availability.
  • Chapter team members will telephone poll about two hours per month.
  • Each respondent will only be asked six questions per month.
  • These six questions may be randomly selected each call, so that, through an evening’s polling, we may learn answers across the many topics selected for that month’s poll, (more than six topics), and record them, and so as not to annoy our respondents with unnecessarily long polls.
  • By examining answer correlations statistically, we will learn how different issues or understandings accompany each other in our constituents’ minds. Thus our communications committee and candidates will better understand which audiences know what, so that both can better inform and interest and activate their audience of the moment.
  • FINANCIAL IMPLICATIONS: Callhub / Hubdial subscription payments of ~$300/yr. Initial establishment consultation and review with polling experts Grossman Solutions $2,500

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  • Jamie Guerin
    tagged this with Good 2021-10-10 19:08:45 -0400
  • Eileen Sheehan
    commented 2021-10-10 12:18:25 -0400
    This idea depends on chapter volunteers to do the actual work. Our chapter is not strong enough at present to commit to this. I recommend a more automated approach to outreach at this time. We could use a survey instrument such as Survey Monkey and conclude the questionnaire with an option to have a local GRP member reach out. (Volunteers are more likely to sign up for warm calling than cold calling.) We can also notify chapters when someone connects with us through email, Facebook or phone message. The volunteer-on-duty would then update a master survey.
  • Eileen Sheehan
    tagged this with Impractical 2021-10-10 12:18:25 -0400
  • Elie Yarden
    commented 2021-10-02 18:01:33 -0400
  • Elie Yarden
    tagged this with Good 2021-10-02 18:01:32 -0400
  • Brian Cady
    published this page in 2021 Autumn Statecom New Proposals 2021-10-02 12:33:59 -0400