Mock Polls More Dredible Than Surveys

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Manila, Philippines -- Senatorial candidate Teddy Casino says various mock polls conducted on websites and convenience stores are more credible than pre-election results being released by survey giants.

The Bayan Muna party-list representative who ranked 23rd to 24th place in the latest Pulse Asia survey cast doubt yesterday on the credibility of the survey results, citing "credible information" that these can be manipulated.

"We have huge doubt on these results. We have credible information that candidates can buy information on where the surveys will be done beforehand," Casino told the Manila Bulletin following a press conference in Quezon City.

"They (candidates) can buy the sample frame. So they know where they will operate three to four days before the actual survey," he said.

Casino said that with this valuable information, campaigners concentrate posters, public announcement systems and even gimmicks such as medical missions on the subject barangay.

"Kaya umuugong talaga yung pangalan sa barangay (This results to name-recall in that barangay)," he explained, adding that an "election operator" personally tipped him on this modus operandi.

"If they can do that then the credibility of survey firms is questionable," he said.

Casino, who has spent nine years in the House of Representatives, said he also finds it strange that his ranking in the national surveys haven't budged since he filed for his candidacy last October. …