Miriam questions pre-election surveys
MANILA - Presidential candidate Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago on Thursday questioned the credibility of pre-election surveys conducted by private pollsters.
Speaking before students of the University of the Philippines (UP) Mindanao, Santiago cited surveys conducted among university students which show her as the youth's top choice for president.
This is contrary to the results of surveys conducted by private pollsters such as Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS) which show her as the least preferred presidential candidate of voters.
INFOGRAPHIC: Voting preferences for President and Vice-President: The ABS-CBN surveys
"Gusto ko lang magtanong, pero baka ang sagot nasa Maynila. Bakit kapag nagtanong sa mga university kung sino ang gusto nilang presidente, the answer, left and right, is Miriam," Santiago said.
"Pero kapag ibang survey na--iyong binabayaran--ni wala doon ang pangalan ko?" she added.
In an April 13 to 15 survey of 710 respondents in the UP Diliman conducted by the Statistical Society, Santiago emerged as the students' top choice with 57.04% saying they would vote for her as president.
The country's premier state university is Santiago's alma mater.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte was second with 13.52%, Senator Grace Poe was third with 9%, former Interior Secretary Mar Roxas was fourth with 7.3%, and Vice President Jejomar Binay was last with 0.85%.
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In the latest ABS-CBN survey conducted by Pulse Asia, however, Santiago remained at the last place with 1% voter support.
Duterte still led the pack with 32%, followed by Poe with 25%. Binay and Roxas were in a statistical tie at third place with 20% and 18%, respectively.
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