The president of Pulse Asia insisted that the results of pre-election surveys are not always correct when it comes to election day itself.
According to Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes, sometimes the names at the bottom of the survey are suddenly at the top when polling day comes.
“Sen. Grace Poe, VP Jojo Binay, and Mayor Rodrigo Duterte were 1, 2, 3 [respectively] in the June 2015 survey and then, of course, that division, diffusion of votes changed, and the actual results saw then-Mayor Duterte winning the presidential race in 2016,” Holmes explained.
Some political analysts agree with Holmes’ view on pre-election surveys, especially since the president’s party is still at loggerheads with Sen. Manny Pacquiao and Energy Secretary Alfonso Cusi.
“It’s still too early, and we have yet to find out kung papaano, how they will play out in the process,” said Edmund Tayao.
He said the wind would change when the filing of certificates of candidacy of those who will run in the elections also begins.
This follows the release of the latest Pulse Asia Survey, which was led by President Duterte and his daughter Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte.
Election surveys not always accurate on election day – Pulse Asia president
In the survey, 28 percent of respondents said they would vote for Mayor Sara when she ran for president, while 18 percent would vote for her father when she ran for vice president.
The Palace thanked the public for the result of the survey.
“‘Yan po ay nagpapakita na kahit ano pa ang ipukol ng mga kritiko ni Presidente laban sa kanya, ay patuloy pa rin pong nagtitiwala at naniniwala ang sambayanang Filipino sa liderato po ni Presidente Duterte,” said Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque.
But according to former Davao del Norte Governor Anthony del Rosario, an ally of Mayor Sara, the mayor will not run for the presidency if his father continues to run as vice president.
For the opposition, it is too early to know the political trend for the 2022 elections.
According to Atty. Barry Gutierrez, spokesperson for Vice President Leni Robredo, Robredo’s numbers in the survey are respectable, but the fight has not really started yet.