Ambers notes something that many political science majors like myself learned in PO101:
Alan Gerber and Donald Green, Yale profs who study turnout, have written that robocalls “might help you to stretch your resources in ways that allow you to contact the maximum number of people, but don’t expect to move them very much, if at all.”
Generic robocalls — those not targeted at specific constituencies — are worse.
Do you know what’s been quantitatively proven as better than robocalls. Phone banking calls where voters call fellow voters to encourage them to vote for a select candidate or issue. And do you know what else? Canvassing is even better. Out of 12 undecided voters that a canvasser talks to (that’s a out of 12 contacts, not 12 knocks, slackers!), at least one will decided to vote for your candidate.
Sound good to you? Want to help get Barack Obama elected? Need some activities to do so? Come join BU for Barack in phonebanking and canvassing activities this next week:
Phonebanking on Tuesday from 5-9: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=39672762118
Canvassing in NH on Saturday from 9-5: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=14081909945
Canvassing in NH on Sunday from 9-5: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=39804933798
Please come help us out. Just one day. Just a couple of hours. It will make a huge difference. Become a part of a great group of students here at BU. Meet some friends for life. Have fun and change the world in the process.