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MOST FILIPINOS DON’T BELIEVE COMPUTERS WILL STOP CHEATING

ONLY 44 percent of Filipinos believe it will be difficult to cheat in the 2010 elections because of computerization, the latest survey by Standard Today shows.

The face-to-face survey of 2,500 respondents nationwide also showed that 56 percent of registered voters trust the Commission on Elections while 16 percent distrust it, for a net trust rating of 40 percent.

The Church-based volunteer watchdog group, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, was trusted by 54 percent but distrusted by 12 percent, for a net trust rating of 42 percent.

“Awareness of computerized elections is universal [but]… high awareness does not necessarily mean high levels of trust in the system,” said Pedro “Junie” Laylo, Jr., resident pollster at Standard Today.

Only a plurality of 44 percent believed it would be difficult to cheat in the coming elections because it is computerized. It was only in South Luzon where a slim majority said they trusted this would happen.

The Standard Today poll, conducted from Dec. 6 to 12, 2009, also looked into how much voters believe voting irregularities will take place in areas where they will vote.

“Vote-buying tops the list of voter anxieties with 42 percent claiming this will definitely happen in their place and another 30 percent saying it will probably happen,” said Pedro “Junie” Laylo, Jr., resident pollster at Standard Today.

Cheating in the counting of votes is the next concern with 25 percent saying this will definitely happen in their area. About a fifth of voters are concerned about pay-offs not to vote, flying voters, violence among candidate supporters and voter harassment, survey results 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 Comelec-PPCRV-Voter anxieties 12-09RP

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