Former Commission on Elections commissioner (COMELEC) and National Citizens’ Movement for Free Elections (NAMFREL) chairman Gus Lagman believes that the pre-election surveys have a mind-conditioning effect on voters ahead of the May 13 polls.
Lagman shared his opinion on Wednesday, May 15, after the candidates and partylists who topped the pre-election surveys also grabbed the top spots on the un-official count of election returns.
“Kung paniniwalaan natin yung mga survey na hindi naman ginalaw yung survey at pumapareho naman ito, conditioned na ang isip natin. Tama naman pala, tumatama naman sa survey,” Lagman explained during DZRH’s ACS Balita.
As of 2:00PM, the result of the un-official count of ERs shows that Sen. Cynthia Villar and Sen. Grace Poe top the Senatorial race. Both re-electionist lawmakers also grabbed the top two slots in the final pre-election surveys of the Social Weather Stations and Pulse Asia.
Eight of the ‘Magic 12’ in the senatorial race: former Special Assitant to the President Christopher ‘Bong’ Go, Taguig District Rep. Pia Cayetano, former Philippine National Police Chief PGen. Ronald Dela Rosa, former Sen. Manuel ‘Lito’ Lapid, Sen. Sonny Angara, former Sen. Ramon ‘Bong’ Revilla, Sen. Aquilino ‘Koko’ Pimentel, and Sen. Nancy Binay consistently placed among the top 12 of the pre-election surveys conducted by the two research organizations.
Meanwhile, Anti-Crime and Terrorism Community Involvement and Support Inc. (ACT-CIS), which currently tops the partylist race, also held the number 1 spot in the final pre-election survey of Pulse Asia.