Escudero, Poe okay to Davao pre-election surveys

May 3, 2013 11:46 pm 

DAVAO CITYA, May 3 — Team PNoy senatorial candidates Francis “Chiz” Escudero and neophyte Grace Poe both believe in pre-election surveys conducted recently in this city.

Escudero and Poe arrived here Thursday to attend the "Hugpong Sa Tawong Lungsod" rally led by Acting Mayor Rodrigo Duterte.

At a press conference at a downtown hotel, Escudero dismissed criticisms that surveys are bought by candidates or their support groups to boost their election bids.

“Yes I believe in surveys,” he said. “We should be thankful for surveys regardless if it is favorable to us or otherwise because these serve as our guide to work harder and not to be complacent.”

Escudero is consistently landing on the top three slots of surveys. In the latest Pulse Asia survey updated last April 30, he was statistically tied in the top 1-2 ranking with Senator Loren Legarda at 48.3 percent and 51.5 percent, respectively.

In the local surveys of Ateneo de Davao University and University of Mindanao, he is tied with Legarda and Senator Allan Peter Cayetano in the number one spot.

Still, Escudero said it does not matter what rank a candidate lands in the elections.

"Whether you’re number one, two, three or at bottom 12, just the same you will be a senator and the salary you will be receiving is the same,” he said.

On the other hand, Poe, daughter of the late action start and presidential candidate Fernando Poe Jr., said as a first-time politician she is quite nervous about surveys but added she does not doubt credible survey initiators.

“Since bago lang ako sa politica, parang ninenerbyos ako dyan sa mga surveys ” she said.

She said she takes surveys as a progress report which is beneficial and helpful to her candidacy.

She also said she believes in a survey if its results jibe with other surveys.

However, she becomes doubtful of a survey when the result is extremely different from majority of the surveys.

“Magtaka ka na lang kung saan galing (You wonder where it is coming from),” she said.

In the same latest Pulse Asia survey updated last April 30, Poe statistically tied for the third spot with Cayetano at 42.4 percent and 40.0 percent, respectively.

In the latest University of Mindanao (UM) survey, she landed on the fourth spot, while she is among the top five in the Ateneo de Davao (AdDU) survey. (PNA)

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