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Reading Minds And Peering Into Hearts: The 2010 Elections

April 13, 2010

The country’s two main pulse-takers, SWS and Pulse Asia are telling Filipinos that the 2010 presidential derby is winding down this way:

The SWS Special March 2010 Survey of March 28-30, 2010 has the following national scores in the Presidential race: Benigno Aquino III 37%, Manuel Villar Jr. 29%, Joseph Estrada 17%, Gilberto Teodoro Jr. 8%, Eduardo Villanueva 2%, Richard Gordon 2%, John Carlos De Los Reyes 0.2%, Jesus Nicanor Perlas 0.1%, Jamby Madrigal 0.1%, and undecided/others 4%

Pulse Asia’s own survey from March 21 to 28, 2010 has Liberal Party (LP) presidential candidate Senator Benigno “Noynoy” C. Aquino III, scoring a 37% voting preference, continues to lead the other presidential contenders.  In second place is Senator Manuel “Manny” Villar (Nacionalista Party [NP]) with 25% voter support.   Former President Joseph “Erap” Ejercito Estrada is the only other candidate with double digit support, at 18%, while the other candidates register single digit voter preferences—LAKAS-KAMPI-CMD Gilberto “Gibo” Teodoro with 7%; Bagumbayan standard-bearer Senator Richard “Dick” J. Gordon at 2%; and, Bangon Pilipinas candidate Brother Eddie Villanueva, with 2% voter preference.   Nine percent of the survey respondents refused or remained undecided as to their presidential preference.

Your Midfielder most certainly DOES NOT ADVOCATE just holding surveys instead of the fantabulously expensive and Dagdag Bawas-prone elections.

I do not think that the intense mudslinging these final four weeks should matter much in our separate already formed convictions about who we will vote for unless something really fatal to the candidacies of those we favor surfaces.

My own personal values also tell me it isn’t enough for the candidate to have just political or what others might consider ‘economic pedigree’, particularly if the provenance of such material weslth is shady..

Two indispensable character traits are integrity AND BALLS!

But we will be fools if we don’t check the dipsticks to see if these AT LEAST match our own personal biases and intellectual limitations.

Sure, the men and woman seeking to replace Gloria Macapagal Arroyo are either swearing by or swearing at the surveys and survey-takers depending on whether they’re leading or bringing up the rear.

Up and until mind-reading and heart-peering technology comes around we’ll have to trust the surveys, warts and all.

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