Lacson-Sotto tandem eyes 45-50% of votes from silent majority, soft and 'thinking' voters | Inquirer News

Lacson-Sotto tandem eyes 45-50% of votes from silent majority, soft and ‘thinking’ voters

/ 12:43 PM April 25, 2022
The tandem of independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo "Ping" Lacson and vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente "Tito" Sotto III voters

The tandem of independent presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo “Ping” Lacson and vice presidential bet Senate President Vicente “Tito” Sotto III. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines — Senate Pres. Vicente Sotto III said his tandem with presidential candidate Sen. Panfilo Lacson is targeting the so-called silent majority, including soft and “thinking” voters, which he said comprises 45 to 50 percent of the electorate.

Speaking to CNN Philippines’ The Source, Sotto said the silent majority easily captures almost half of the votes needed to secure victory in the May 9 polls.

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“Tingin ko nasa mga (I think) 45 to 50 percent. Approximately half,” Sotto said when asked how many soft and thinking voters and the silent majority are.

“Some of them would probably have a tendency to vote for a certain candidate as of now pero (but) in a matter of two or three days, because of internet, because of technology, in a matter of two or three days, pwedeng magkapalit-palit ng isip ang mga kababayan natin (they can change their minds),” he added.

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According to Sotto, there are many thinking voters whose support he and Lacson are counting on for the May 9 polls.

“Marami at marami itong silent majority at the moment. We’re getting that type or kind of feedback on the ground. Marami ‘yung hindi nagsasabi talaga kung ano ang thinking nila,” Sotto said.

(Many and the silent majority are also many at the moment. Many people do not tell what they are really thinking.)

“’Yung iba naman kung tawagin ay soft voters. Kahit du’n sa mga iba’t ibang mga survey, makikita niyo malaki ‘yung soft voters ng lahat ng kandidato,” he continued.

(Others are called soft voters. Even in various surveys, you can see that the number of soft voters of all candidates is large.)

Based on the latest Pulse Asia survey, Lacson is the fifth preferred president among respondents, garnering only two percent of the votes.

Meanwhile, Sotto is the second preferred vice president with 24 percent of the respondents voting for him.

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For Sotto, surveys are only snapshots of a particular day as respondents could change their decisions immediately.

“With 2,400 respondents, it is very difficult to say if it resounds or not. Sixty-four million ang botante (are voters), 2,400 is not reliable at this point. At a certain time, siguro ‘yun ‘yung tinatawag nating (maybe, that is what we call) snapshot,” he pointed out.

“The surveys na nakikita natin are snapshots of that particular day. Pwedeng kinabukasan nagbago yung isip ng 2,400 na sinurvey na ‘yun,” Sotto explained.

(The surveys that we see are snapshots of that particular day. The day after, the 2,400 survey respondents can change their minds.)

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