The Manila Times : DigiVoice supports Pulse Asia conclusions

News & Interviews
6 October 2021

By Bienvenido C. Gonzalez | The Manila Times

Soon after the Pulse Asia survey on presidentiables conducted from September 6 to 11 and published on September 29, DigiVoice conducted its own survey on presidentiables from September 9 to 13 and published it on September 30. Given that both firms included a lot of common names with first and second choices, I thought that it would be interesting to compare their respective results and find out where they agree OR contradict each other.

Using the same Excel template that I had initially developed for my Pulse Asia analysis and adjusting the algorithm where necessary, I had ensured an apples-to-apples comparability. Please be reminded that I have used ONLY the first and second choices from the DigiVoice survey for this purpose. The following are the results:

Please note that for the top two contenders (former senator Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jr. and Manila Mayor Francisco "Isko Moreno" Domagoso), DigiVoice had more generous percentages of votes over Pulse Asia while for the last two contenders (Senators Emmanuel "Manny" Pacquiao and Panfilo "Ping" Lacson), Pulse Asia had more generous percentages of votes over DigiVoice.

In summary, DigiVoice rates Marcos slightly higher by 10 percent over Pulse Asia, very highly rates Domagoso by 50 percent over Pulse Asia, underrates Pacquiao greatly by 66 percent compared to Pulse Asia, and also underrates Lacson by 34 percent compared to Pulse Asia.

A perennial question asked about these and previous Tables which I have presented revolve around the addition of Sara Duterte-Carpio's votes to Marcos' votes. For as long as Duterte-Carpio does not file a certificate of candidacy (CoC) for the presidency, she is perceived as an ally of Marcos. Should she file her CoC, there is nothing easier than disaggregating the two votes in the template to produce the revised results. Similarly, adding or deducting any number of persons will not be a big problem.