Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Most Filipinos don’t believe computers will stop cheating

Original Story: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=/2010/january/5/news1.isx&d=/2010/january/5

ONLY 44 percent of Filipinos believe it will be difficult to cheat in the 2010 elections because of computerization, the latest survey commissioned by Standard Today shows.

The face-to-face survey of 2,500 respondents nationwide also showed that 56 percent of the registered voters trusted the Commission on Elections, while 16 percent distrusted, it for a net trust rating of 40 percent.

The Church-based volunteer watchdog group, the Parish Pastoral Council for Responsible Voting, was trusted by 54 percent but distrusted by 12 percent, for a net trust rating of 42 percent.

“Awareness of computerized elections is universal [but]... high awareness does not necessarily mean high levels of trust in the system,” said Pedro Laylo, Standard Today’s resident pollster.

Only 44 percent believed it would be difficult to cheat in the coming elections because it is computerized. It was only in South Luzon where a slim majority said they trusted that would happen.

The poll, conducted from Dec. 6 to 12, 2009, also looked into how much voters believe voting irregularities will take place in the areas where they will vote.

“Vote-buying tops the list of voter anxieties, with 42 percent claiming it will definitely happen in their place and another 30 percent saying it will probably happen,” Laylo said.

Cheating in the counting of the votes was the next concern, with 25 percent saying that would definitely happen in their area. About a fifth were concerned about pay-offs not to vote, flying voters, violence and voter harassment.

The survey polled 2,500 registered voters nationwide. There were 300 respondents in Metro Manila, 555 in North and Central Luzon, 540 in South Luzon and Bicol, 505 in the Visayas, and 600 in Mindanao, reflecting the latest proportion of registered voters based on October 2009 data from the Commission on Elections.

The error due to sampling for results based on the national sample is 2 percentage points.

Original Story: http://www.manilastandardtoday.com/insideNews.htm?f=/2010/january/5/news1.isx&d=/2010/january/5

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