Here's a first report on the poll as forwarded from Lafayette residents. According to one email, the push poll includes:
Questions like: The south side is more affluent than the north side, so it will get it first. How do you feel about that? Since there is an issue with separation of church and state. Therefore, you will possibly (probably?) lose your religious channels. How do you feel about that? Watering your lawn during summer months is rationed to Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. How will you feel if you can only watch television on those days? Many more questions along those lines.And in response to that the following email:
I didn’t get the call, but, interestingly enough, the wording below is identical in part to what I heard from a Bell South employee last night at a Neighborhood Watch meeting on the north side of town. We have a big group in our neighborhood, and at the end of the meeting I made a pitch for Lafayette Coming Together and the fiber initiative; immediately after that, a Bell South employee stood up and rattled off that same business about only being able to water your lawns on Monday-Wednesday-Friday and how we should expect the same from any phone and cable service provided by City-Parish government.The purpose of this sort of stuff is to turn neighbor against neighbor with lies. It would be political suicide to serve only South Lafayette. AOC has church services now. Water conservation --that's just silly. But it's not that they hope any of these will stick. They hope they can bombard you with so much junk that all you'll recall is that "bad things are said about fiber."
Sounds like talking points are being circulated and employees are being coached.
Don't fall for. It's all Fear, Uncertainty, and Doubt. And, of course, outright lies, like the attempt to raise racial anger. These guys are shameless. And there is no reason to respect them. Remember: our future is in your hands. Don't let men of this character determine our future.
It's ugly. And it has begun.
Update 3:20: Apparently one person who received the call has traced it back to the number of a firm previously used by Cox. So maybe Cox paid for this one as well. Either way, what is clear is that the talking points are coordinated. These guys are in it together.
A second source says that the first question asked by the "pollster" is if the respondent is from LUS, LCG, or the news media. An honest "yes" earned a quick hang-up from the other end. I guess they don't really want to talk to anyone who is informed. My suggestion: say no and keep a tape recorder handy. Wouldn't it be fun to have an MP3 of this to email your friends?
Join the fight. Email: StandingUp@LafayetteProFiber.com to find out how.