Poll: 34% Filipinos to vote for bets from political families

FILIPINOS have a split decision in voting for candidates belonging to a political dynasty, latest Pulse Asia survey revealed on Monday.

The survey, which was conducted from January 24 to 28, showed 34 percent see nothing wrong about political dynasties and would vote for candidates from political families while about 32 percent of 1,800 respondents would not vote for candidates who have "children, spouses, siblings or parents who are former or current elected government officials."

About 34 percent of survey respondents were undecided.

Fifty-percent of the respondents from Metro Manila and 42 percent in Class ABC disagreed with the statement that an electorate should not vote for candidates coming from political dynasties.

Political dynasty is one of the issues tackled during the first presidential debate held in Cagayan de Oro last Sunday.

Among the 2016 presidential candidates, Vice President Jejomar Binay has family members who occupied several government posts, including his children, Senator Nancy Binay, Makati Representative Abigail Binay, and dismissed Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin Binay Jr.

During the debate, Binay had become defensive and said that "qualified" candidates should not be barred from joining the elections.

But Senator Miriam Defensor Santiago said that what the Constitution has provided regarding political dynasties should suffice. The senator also said that what is written in the constitution should literally be applied.

Meanwhile, the survey also showed that about half of the respondents are optimistic that the country will have a clean and credible elections.

In a separate question, the respondents were asked to agree or disagree with the following statement: "The May 2016 elections will be clean and the results credible for the citizenry because the counting of votes is automated."

Results revealed that almost 48 percent expect the May 2016 elections will be credible, 15 percent doubt it will be the case while 36 percent is undecided on the matter.

However, despite the optimistic view, 39 percent still expects cheating in the upcoming May 2016 elections.

The Pulse Asia employed ±2 percent error margin at the 95 percent confidence level. (Sunnex)
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