I guess you actually have to occasionally answer the telephone on the off chance it's one of those surveys that grant an opportunity to combine your opinion with the opinion of others and contribute to an Opinion Poll. It was in the early 1990's when I was last asked to contributed to an Opinion Poll, something about NAFTA. The questions were so simplistic I had a poor reaction to being treated like a halfwit and when the survey taker finally suggested I should just answer the question with a yes or no I was hung up on. For reasons that totally escape me I remember the exchange with a degree of clarity. When I got off the phone, the Artist had suggested I might like to lie down for a bit.
An Opinion Poll I'd wish to participate in would contain no question such as "Do
you think NAFTA is a good idea?" with option of either saying yes or no.
However, an Opinion Poll which first asked how much I knew about NAFTA, where I
got my information about NAFTA from and then suggested I give a rough précis of
how NAFTA would work, that's what I call a request for an Opinion. But if today
I was asked "Has the former Soviet Union's Comintern finally discovered the
honey pot that produced a bridgehead in the United States and is that bridgehead
the GOP and can we anticipate another aggressive reach for territory by the
Russian State before the USA's November Midterms and will there be a pogrom of
suspected US assets within Russian State?" Then the answer is "Very Likely Yes."