Being less than an hour from New Hampshire, a large number of my students have been canvassing up there this weekend. For what it's worth, here's an email I just received from one of them:
"On Saturday, I went canvassing for Kerry in Manchester, New Hampshire. Manypeople I spoke with were tired of opening the door to find people electioneering. It didn't seem to matter whether we were "selling" Kerry orBush. Most had already made up their mind, but would not tell us which candidate they supported. They guaranteed us they would vote on November 2nd. Also, some people even asked if we would stop coming to their house, sending them literature in the mail, and calling them on the telephone. New Hampshire in general seemed to be fairly hostile to those of us out canvassing."
We often think of political parties as "teams" organized against one another for the pursuit of the votes of the public. My students' experiences suggest that we might also think of the two parties as engaged in a conspiracy to agitate the public and rob them of their leisure time.