THE independent polling firm D' Strafford Research & Strategies defended Friday, April 22, its recent presidential survey that showed Manuel Roxas II and Senator Grace Poe in a statistical tie for the top spot, amid criticisms that the poll conducted in April 2016 was "bogus."
D' Strafford said it is willing to face interested political parties who might want to look into the methodology it used in the non-commissioned nationwide survey conducted from April 13 to 18.
"We welcome everyone for any questions and clarifications (regarding the survey)," said JM Balancar, D' Strafford executive director and project director of its 2016 pre-election presidential survey.
The firm's first survey for the 2016 presidential polls was released to the media during a press conference held at the Shangri-La at The Fort Manila in Bonifacio Global City in Taguig City last April 20.
After the survey result was published in different media outfits, including Sun.Star, it had received negative reactions from netizens, especially from supporters of presidential candidate Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, the frontrunner in the latest surveys conducted by independent pollsters Pulse Asia and Social Weather Stations (SWS).
[READ: Roxas, Poe 'tied' at top spot – D' Strafford poll]
Netizens questioned how an unknown and a newly registered corporation was able to come up with a survey, days before it registered with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC).
SEC records show the D' Strafford registered as a corporation on April 11, 2016.
Netizen Jae Manuel Sta. Romana shared this on Twitter:
It's a miracle!!! here are the 'internals'..suddenly..and they were able to do all the number crunching in two days. https://t.co/5MuS16db5X— John Mangun (@mangunonmarkets) April 20, 2016