Local Issues Research Group Text?

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By an edhat reader

I received a text from an 805 number the read the following:

"Will you answer a few questions about important issues facing your community? - Local Issues Research Group-"

A link was included. I was curious if it was spam, but the link went to a local poll that asked extremely leading questions about the police department and city council. Some of the questions were nuanced and didn't fall into a yes/no format and it clearly has an agenda.

Who sent out this text for the poll and who is paying for it? There was absolutely no information in the text or poll website other than Your-Opinion.org.

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a-1632498379 Sep 24, 2021 08:46 AM
Local Issues Research Group Text?

I never reply to unsolicited texts. If a spammer, it confirms your number is active and they will sell your number down the road.

a-1632498507 Sep 24, 2021 08:48 AM
Local Issues Research Group Text?

I received a similar-sounding poll on my non-cell phone; I don't answer unknown numbers but a message was left to press 1 or 2 for several questions about the police. We should look to see which candidate has the most money: probably for council candidates, it's Reed, the developer. For council, Schwartz? The next release date for $-information should be soon.

oceandrew Sep 24, 2021 09:23 AM
Local Issues Research Group Text?

I can't believe anyone would click open a hyperlink in a text message sent by a total stranger. Talk about opening yourself up for a hacker to have his way with you.

Byzantium Sep 24, 2021 09:36 AM
Local Issues Research Group Text?

Polling is often done during election seasons. This is not unusual. And polling questions themselves can be used for malicious intent, with little regard for any final results Many do refuse to answer these days with good reason, which is why recent polling results have not reflected election outcomes. Grass roots for local elections still remains the most viable path to victory -and a truly engaged and informed voting populace. Attend candidate forums ,visit their campaign headquarters - get first hand face to face information from these people and keep in touch with them well after Election Day.

a-1632514140 Sep 24, 2021 01:09 PM
Local Issues Research Group Text?

Don't be fooled by an 805 area code. It's all spoofed (faked) or Google voice numbers, they do it to be more convincing. I get spam calls from the same first 6 digits of my number all the time. Very annoying.

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