The poll was conducted by "Pacific Crest Research" according to the poll-taker. But I can't find any such entity on the web that would be doing polls. They asked about Measure 36 but mentioned no other ballot initiative. I wonder if it was a push poll of some kind, trying to pressure Nader voters to choose someone else, or would-be Nader voters to believe that there is no official write-in campaign for Nader, which of course there is.
When I agreed to say "undecided" ONLY after he promised I would get to have my preference for Nader registered in the poll in a later question, he then asked if I was leaning Bush or Kerry, and after threatening to exclude me from the poll because I insisted that none of the options was accurate at all, and refusing to let me just skip the question, and saying there was no "other" option, he then said, "so did you say you're leaning Badnarik"? I said I'm voting for Nader and that there's an active write-in campaign for Nader and he should expect to find other voters like me responding in this way.
Before we got to the presidential choice question, he first asked me to rate Edwards, Cheney, Bush and Kerry on a series of items, which I answered absolute negative to except for one item for Edwards. He then asked me three times if he heard me right when I gave all "very unfavorable" to Kerry, and I spelled it out for him, all "very unfavorable" for all but that one item for Edwards. It was like pulling teeth just making sure he recorded my choices correctly.
At first I thought they were excluding Nader because he's not on the ballot in Oregon, and it was obviously an Oregon poll because of the Measure 36 question. But then I realized that they had also excluded Peroutka of the Constitution Party, who IS on the ballot in Oregon. So what gives? What criteria were they using for excluding candidates from their poll? Not percentages -- Nader is still polling (in other polls that don't refuse to accept Nader votes) higher than Cobb and Badnarik. Maybe they're trying to change that.
At the end he refused to tell me where the poll would be published, or if it would be published at all.
He also said he couldn't skip over the Presidential choice question and then come back to it later because of the computer. But later on another question when I changed my mind, he let me go back and change it! There was nothing in the poll that could possibly get skewed if the choice for President question were to be answered after the later questions, so he was just lying. He lied that I would get to choose Nader in a later question, and he lied that he couldn't skip the question and come back to it later.
But what's most disturbing about it is that, at the end, when I asked him what happened to the question where I would get to choose Nader, he said, "That's all the computer gave me this time." So are they asking questions that include Nader to some voters, but refusing to accept Nader choices on others? Is this a way for them to depress the results for Nader, by accepting only a fraction of respondents who actually want to choose Nader?