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Do surveys capture D-E voter sentiment? ZOOMING IN Rudy Romero 03/08/2010

Monday, March 8, 2010


Do surveys capture D-E voter sentiment?


ZOOMING IN
Rudy Romero
03/08/2010
The trend of the present electoral campaign is being dictated by the results of the opinion surveys conducted with increasing frequency by the leading polling organizations, and the fortunes of the candidates for national office have been rising and falling in accordance with each new set of survey results.

The results of the latest Pulse Asia survey, conducted between Feb. 5 and 8, have Noynoy Aquino widening his lead over Manny Villar by seven percent of the 1,800-respondent survey sample, Manny Villar losing six percent of his previous share of the respondents and former President Joseph Estrada increasing his share by six percent, bringing their ratings to 36 percent, 29 percent and 18 percent, respectively.
On the basis of the results of this latest survey, it can be said that if the presidential election had been held around the time that it was conducted, Noynoy Aquino would be the new President of the Philippines and Manny Villar and Joseph Estrada would be the first-runner-up and second-runner-up, respectively. Is this an accurate presentation of the state of popular opinion regarding the worth of the individuals who are offering themselves for selection as the nation’s top officials? Do the surveys accurately capture the sentiments of the electorate of this country?.... MORE


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