RESPONDENTS of Xavier University’s (XU) Kinaadman Research Center survey conducted in February represented the voters in the city.

When the survey came out, some questioned its representation.

Congressional candidate and incumbent 1st district city councilor Alvin Calingin declined to comment on the survey results wherein 3.7 percent of the respondents chose him.

He said that he is not familiar with the KRC and he does not know how they came up with the result.

Dr. Astrid Lara Sinco of Kinaadman Research Center said the 600 respondents are representative of the voters in the city considering the systematic and random conduct of the survey in both the first and second districts.

The 600-sample size respondents in the city’s two districts were based on 18 years old and above age bracket - the targeted voters.

The selection of respondents, Sinco said, was based on systematic random sampling.

“The survey was conducted with honesty and integrity. We are confident that it represents the population of Cagayan de Oro, because the (respondent) size is enough mainly because it was conducted in both the first and second districts,” she added.

Should the candidates get interested in acquiring copies of the data, Sinco said they can access and obtain the data of the survey provided they pay for the materials.

“They can visit our office to get these data, but of course they have to pay for the materials, kay dili lalim ang among gasto,” Sinco said in a press conference held in one of the university’s audio-visual rooms.

The research intends to generate public opinion of the city’s electorates in terms of problems and needs that incoming public officials need to address once they’re elected; to gauge the voters’ preference for the May 2013 elections through the poll survey.

Data processing and analysis employed descriptive statistics presented in tabular or graphic forms. Parametric analysis was used in the hypothesis testing.

“What we have recorded is based sa ilang gitubag, in fact when they were asked kinsa ang ilang choices sa mga candidates wala mi nag-mention og name sa kandidato (What we have recorded is based on their answers. In fact, when they were asked who their choices are, we did not even mention names of candidates),” she stated.

KRC is planning to conduct another round of poll survey before the elections, but they are hesitant since it is expensive. The KRC used its own fund to run the survey in February.

The KRC’s survey results showed that for the mayoralty race, 34. 5 percent of the respondents chose incumbent Mayor Vicente Emano over Misamis Oriental governor Oscar Moreno who got 27.67 percent. Meanwhile, 37.17 percent of the voters are still undecided.

For the vice-mayoralty post, Caesar Ian Acenas got the nod of the voters with 31.83 percent against City Councilor Edgar Cabanlas’ who gained 12.17 percent. But the undecided voters account for 54.67 percent.

For the congressional seats in the first district, Rolando Uy got the highest percentage at 31.3 percent over the three other candidates, incumbent Representative Benjamin Benaldo, 14.7 percent; City Councilor Alvin Calingin, 3.7 percent; and former city mayor Constantino Jaraula, 2.0 percent and 47.7 percent of the voters are undecided.

While in the second district, 63 percent of the voters chose incumbent Representative Rufus Rodriguez against his rival city councilor Ian Mark Nacaya with 3.3 percent. The undecided voters registered a 33.67 percent.