Villar leads in new independent survey

April 16, 2010 10:00 pm 

BAYANGBANG, Pangasinan, April 16 — Nacionalista Party standard-bearer Sen. Manny Villar leads anew in a survey conducted by Tools & Strategy, the research arm of Campaigns & Image Group.

Survey results also show that Villar’s acceptability rating leaves no room for loss.

Villar is “now ahead by nine percentage points” and “favored to win 3.1 in 10 Filipinos,” according to the report of Tools & Strategy, which was hired by various independent groups, including US- and UK-based multinational companies that have businesses in the Philippines.

Based on the survey results, Villar’s General Acceptability Rating (GAR) has gone up to 83 percent—representing 33 percent in presidential preference and 50 percent in governance capability.

“In previous Philippine election experience there has never been a loss for any candidate who has achieved a GAR above 80 percent,” cited the research firm.

Villar, who joined the NP campaign sortie here and other towns of Pangasinan province, welcomed the survey as guide but not as basis to win the elections.

”We are happy with this new survey. It’s good tool to guide as in our campaign but it’s not an assurance if a candidate will win,” Villar said.

Villar’s closest rival, Liberal Party standard-bearer Sen. Noynoy Aquino, on the other hand, trails behind at second place with a GAR of 75 percent. According to the firm, Aquino is “by no means secure in his GAR.”

“Aquino’s slide by 11 percentage points between December 2009 and March 27, 2010 had been largely attributed to widespread perception by the public about his lack of management experience and leadership capability, on the one hand, and dependence on the legacy of his parents, on the other,” cited the firm’s report.

Tools & Strategy utilized a national tracking poll that foreign observers consider as the most reliable tool in “understanding the sentiments, thoughts, and aspirations of the Filipino people as regards their choices of national and local officials.” It tells exactly where a candidate posts gains or losses and describes the reasons for each rise or fall in preference ratings.

According to the research group, “… differences between the results of this survey and that of Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia stemmed from statistical samples that are obtained in the National Capital Region and used as a random base for nationwide analysis.” (PNA)

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