Rant #5

I know it’s unfair to allege impropriety on Pulse Asia. You can’t blame me, though. I’m not just talking about the presidential elections here. A while back they conducted a poll on Rodrigo Duterte’s popularity, this after the botched pandemic response and accusations of wholesale plunder in the DOH. And he scored a 91% approval rating? I’m not privy to their sampling methodology, but I think at the very least there is some distortion. It’s like the polls in the United States several years ago, Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton, all the polls were projecting Clinton to win by a landslide, but we all know what happened. And the polls didn’t just take into account the popular vote, but also the electoral-college vote. Those polling companies tout their time-tested methodologies, but maybe those methodologies need to be reexamined?

In this case, the proof of the pudding is in the winning. I’m willing to eat crow if Leni Robredo loses by a landslide to Bongbong Marcos in May.

 
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