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SORRY! A MESSAGE FROM EKOS RESEARCH ASSOCIATES REGARDING LATE NIGHT CALLS – November 20, 2012

[Ottawa – November 20, 2012] – This is a note to apologize for calls that were made on November 19, 2012, past 9:30 pm local time. Households were erroneously called past the time that we programmed into the system. On weekdays, we set a calling window limit of 8:40 pm local time for our automated interviewing operations.

On November 19, 2012, upgrades were made to the system that inadvertently over-rode the call window parameter setting. We have since worked with our interactive voice response (IVR) supplier and have fixed the problem. This will not happen again.

We have been using interactive voice response (IVR – automated interviewing) for over 4 years now and this is the first time that this type of error has occurred. We are very sorry to all that were the subject of these terribly late phone calls.

If you wish to have your number added to our internal ‘Do-Not-Call-List’, or wish to lodge a complaint, please contact us at [email protected] or 1-855-288-4932.

Please accept our sincere apologies.

Probit Inc.

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1 comment to SORRY! A MESSAGE FROM EKOS RESEARCH ASSOCIATES REGARDING LATE NIGHT CALLS – November 20, 2012

  • A few things. The EKOS poll reeeasld today, if it was the electoral result, would have the Liberal minority CC mentions above (119 to 115).The projection that has the Conservative minority (125 to 110) is the projection I am currently making, based on all recent polls and past elections. So, yes, the EKOS poll is a good one for the Liberals but my projection still gives the Tories a small minority. The projection needs a definite trend to make it swing in one direction or the other.Without riding-by-riding results (otherwise known as an election), we have to make projections based on national and regional numbers. How else can you put into context such vague national support numbers? Our first-past-the-post system makes it difficult to know what 8% for the Bloc and 15% for the NDP, etc. etc. really means. Lastly, the +/- 20 seat margin of error is a little much. During the last Quebec provincial election, my projection was only 8 seats off, and I had the Liberals and the PQ correct within two seats each. Other projectors had a much better than 20 seat margin of error in 2008 as well.