I was polled yesterday by one of the national pollsters, a rather interesting process. Obviously the polltaker was being paid by how many people she could work through, because she was a very fast talker, which combined with some deafness on my part meant I didn't catch the full name of the poll (not Gallup, etc. but somewhat familiar) nor could I catch some of the options. That was particularly true when she rattled off a list of issues and asked my top one. I thought she wanted one, but maybe she was open to more.
I've talked to pollsters in the past--I suspect they pass around the list of <s>suckers </s> people willing to talk to them. Some of the pollsters were obviously just trying to identify whether I was going to vote and who for; a few were more consumer-oriented, including one which took 40 minutes or so, putting me off the process for some time. But yesterday I was in a good mood so I answered. It was thorough, getting a lot of data, both demographic and political.