No one commissioned Pulse Asia pre-election surveys: Holmes

Posted at 04/24/13 11:36 PM

MANILA – Pulse Asia President Prof. Ronnie Holmes on Wednesday reiterated that the independent poll firm was not commissioned to conduct pre-election surveys.

“All the surveys that we have done, that we have publicized, are not commissioned surveys,” he told ANC’s “Top Story.”

Holmes also refuted the notion that subscribers also pay for the surveys, saying subscribers only get access to more data not available to the public.

“It’s mistaken to say that subscribers are the ones paying for the surveys. There’s a difference between a subscriber and someone who commissions or would ask us to conduct a survey,” he said.

The Commission on Elections (Comelec) issued a resolution compelling polling firms to disclose those who have paid for pre-election surveys.

But Holmes said Pulse Asia has yet to receive a copy of the resolution.

Holmes also said the questions asked in the pre-election surveys are “standard questions” and are not influenced by any entity.

“We’ve been truthful in saying that those are standard questions that we ask,” he said.

He added that if they were indeed commissioned to conduct a survey, they wouldn’t release the results to the public.

“When an entity commissions a survey, we apply an embargo, meaning the survey results cannot be in any way released,” he said.

Holmes believes that while surveys may have an influence on voters, there are other factors to consider.

“What we do is capture the disposition of the public at a given time. We are not in any way conditioning the public…There are a number of factors that influence voters’ disposition. You can include surveys there but I doubt that surveys should be at the top of the heap,” he said.

Comelec looked into the process of conducting polls after United Nationalist Alliance (UNA) campaign manager Toby Tiangco complained about recent survey results, which showed several UNA bets behind in the senatorial race.