High survey rankings no assurance of poll win, says Pulse Asia president

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Posted at Jan 10 2019 10:50 AM

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MANILA - Having high rankings in the quarterly surveys on voters' preference do not secure senatorial aspirants a victory in the May elections, the president of a pollster said Thursday.

Those who are ranked in the first to seventh spots have a higher chance of winning, "but there is no 100-percent assurance" of a win because surveys cannot capture the extent in which they engage in mobilization that will generate command votes, said Pulse Asia President Ronald Holmes.

"We’ve seen changes in the past, in the previous elections, where people in the first to seventh rank eventually go down in terms of electoral preference later because of strategies that are adopted by other candidates," he told ANC's Headstart.

"It depends on how you manage your own campaign because the others will also be trying to inch their way up because they’re competing against other candidates," he said.

The December survey conducted by Pulse Asia placed reelectionist Sen. Grace Poe at the top spot, with newcomers Ilocos Norte Gov. Imee Marcos and former Philippine National Police Chief Ronald "Bato" Dela Rosa also having a "statistical chance" of winning a Senate seat alongside returning names.