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Pulse Asia is impervious to political pressure — researcher

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MANILA, Philippines –A chief research fellow of Pulse Asia on Thursday maintained that their subscribers cannot control the results of their election surveys.

Dr. Ana Maria Tabunda told Radyo Inquirer 990AM in an interview that although they had subscribers, the results of Pulse Asia’s election surveys cannot be influenced by warring political parties.

She admitted that political coalitions, government agencies and even corporate boards subscribed to their surveys and had access to “in depth analysis of the results.”

Pulse Asia alone had a large number of subscribers, too many that it was impossible for any of them to gain control of how the research would go, said Tabunda.

And should any of those groups try to influence the surveys, she said that they tell these groups to “keep their money; we will still release the results.”

Every survey conducted had 1,800 respondents determined through random sampling, she said.

Respondents are asked to list the senatorial candidates they were likely to vote for as if it were Election Day.

For more of the interview, listen to the sound clip from Radyo Inquirer 990AM.

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