“KaBenguets, salamat dyay latest nga survey ket nangato naalak, mabalin nga mangabakak nga representative u dyay Kongreso, ada met gayam pangabak ko! Isu nga inmado iti mangdisdismaya nga agcomcomment! Sapay kuma agtoloy toloy suporta u tapno maitungpal ko dagitoy pangarap ko kenyayu! Mowan, salamat jen pasiya! Salamat en dakayo! Diyos ti agngina!”
(KaBenguets, thank you for the latest survey where I got high, I can win as your representative in Congress, I actually have a win! That is why there are more discouraged to comment! I hope that you continue your support so that my dreams for you will come true! Thank you! God bless you!)
We searched for surveys that congressional candidate Atty. Keith may have commissioned but found none on his page or personal account. We found one informal survey shared by Shamag Shi Benguet, results which came out on January 24, 2021.
In this survey, Benguet caretaker Eric Yap got the nod of 64.2% of the people who partook in the survey. Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan came in second obtaining 22.5%.
Former governor Cresencio Pacalso, who withdrew his candidacy last year, took the third spot with 11%. Thorsson Keith and Samson Paran got 1.7% and 0.6%, respectively.
The survey was conducted by Sigma Statistical Research Consultancy Baguio-Benguet Statistician for hire with their survey tool posted last November 2019 where respondents could vote using their email account.
The Baguio Chronicle also conducted an informal Benguet congressional survey from January 27-29, 2022. There were 1,700 who participated in the Facebook survey. Itogon Mayor Victorio Palangdan topped the results with 53%. Second was Eric Yap with 42%. Keith came in third with 5%, and Sammy Paran was last with 0%. You can access the survey here: https://www.facebook.com/852083154847743/posts/4990633177659366/?d=n
Why this matters?
Surveys and their results can be used for or against a candidate. Claiming that one has scored high in a survey when there is no evidence of it contributes to mind conditioning of readers who might not have the capacity to check facts.