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VOTERS STRONGLY PREFER THEIR CANDIDATES TO SHOW UP IN DEBATES

POLITICAL party affiliation is unimportant to almost all Filipinos but most consider it very important that their presidential choice participate in public debates and discussions, a survey by Manila Standard Today shows.

The face-to-face survey of 2,500 respondents nationwide from Dec. 6 to 12 showed that 97 percent do not identify with any political parties, but 80 percent believed it was important that their preferred choice for President participate in debates and forums. “Trust in political parties remains mediocre despite high awareness levels,” said Pedro “Junie” Laylo, Jr., resident pollster at Standard Today. “At best, a third say they trust the Liberal Party and the Partido ng Masang Pilipino party.”

Still, survey figures showed 22 percent said they had little trust in the Liberal Party and 24 percent said they felt that way about the Partido ng Masang Pilipino.

The Nacionalista Party and the Nationalist People’s Coalition were trusted by 28 percent, but distrusted by 25 percent and 24 percent, respectively. The ruling Lakas-Kampi-CMD was trusted by 27 percent.

The latest Standard poll also found that an overwhelming majority of 74 percent said no prominent personalities are influential enough to affect their vote.

Of those who mentioned celebrities, 8 percent cited Kris Aquino; 5 percent mentioned Willy Revillame and 2 percent brought up Korina Sanchez. Senator Francis Escudero was named by 1 percent.

Local officials such as mayors and barangay captains would influence only about 1 percent of voters.

Nationwide, 62 percent said it was very important that their presidential choice participate in public discussions or debates, and 24 percent more said this was somewhat important. Only 3 percent said it was unimportant.

In Metro Manila, the net importance of participating in debates shot up to 92 percent, the survey showed.

The Dec. 6-12 poll was conducted among a sample of 2,500 registered voters nationwide, interviewed in person. There were 300 respondents in Metro Manila; 555 in North and Central Luzon; 540 in South Luzon and Bicol; 505 in the Visayas; and 600 in Mindanao, reflecting the latest proportion of registered voters based on October 2009 data from the Commission on Elections.

The error due to sampling for results based on the national sample is 2 percentage points. The error for subgroups is higher.

Tables political parties & debates 12-09RP

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