• Majority approves of pre-election surveys

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    Pre-election surveys were found to be “a good thing” for the country for most Filipinos, while the minority considers them bad, pollster Social Weather Stations (SWS) said on Saturday.

    SWS’ Pre-Election Survey, conducted from May 2 to 3, revealed that 74 percent of 2,400 registered voters who participated in the survey consider elections surveys to be a “good thing” for the country while only 2 percent said they consider it as “bad” and the remaining 23 percent said they “don’t know.”

    SWS said that this is seven percentage points higher than the May 2010 data which showed that 67 percent said that elections surveys are “good,” 6 percent consider them “bad,” and the remaining 27 percent said they “don’t know.”

    “Elections surveys are considered good across the board,” SWS said.

    “At least seven out of 10 voters in all areas consider election surveys as a good thing for the country: highest in the Visayas [77 percent], followed by Mindanao [76 percent], Balance Luzon [73 percent], and Metro Manila [71 percent]” it added.

    “It is 76 percent in class D or the masa, 73 percent in class ABC, and 70 percent in class E,” the survey firm said.

    The latest survey also found that only 36 percent of the respondents were aware of the reports on election surveys,

    SWS said that, this is lower compared to the survey-knowledge of the people in May 2010 and 2007, which were tallied at 64 percent and 48 percent, respectively.

    SWS also found out that the effect of election surveys on the respondents’ voting plans is “tiny.”

    It added: “earlier surveys likewise found very little effect of election surveys on the voters.”
    “Of the 36 percent aware of election survey news, 25 percent said that the surveys would not affect their vote,” SWS said.

    However, the remaining 11 percent said it would affect their vote.

    Among the 11 percent 3.6 percent said they would switch from “weaker to stronger candidates”; 2.7 percent said they would switch from “stronger to weaker candidates’’; and 4.9 percent said they would switch “partially from weaker to stronger, and partially from stronger to weaker” candidates.

    In the survey, SWS used face-to-face interviews of 2,400 registered voters.

    They were divided into random samples of 300 in Metro Manila, 900 in Balance Luzon, and 600 each in the Visayas and Mindanao.

    The survey has sampling error margins of ±2 percent for the Philippines, ±6 percent for Metro Manila, ±3 percent for Balance Luzon, ±4 percent for the Visayas and ±4 percent for Mindanao.

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