In his article Noynoy’s approval ratings sunk by 10% between Jan-March 2010 published on the ThePoc.net, blogger BongV couldn’t have made a more insightful reality check on popular presidential candidate Benigno “Noynoy” Aquino III’s and the Inquirer.net‘s crowing about Noynoy’s nine-point lead over Manny Villar in the latest Social Weather Stations “survey” this month.
Apparently there are two causes for celebration in Noynoy’s camp — first for the one point increase to 37 percent of his “rating” in the polls and, second, for his closest rival Manny Villar’s “rating” dropping six points to 28 percent. This gives Noynoy a nine percentage point “lead” over Villar in the race for that lucrative seat in Malacanang — indeed an occasion for The Dance of Joy.
You would indeed celebrate if you’re the sort of person who non-thinks the way a Noynoy supporter is inclined to do. BongV’s genius lies in how he broadens the frame of reference in regarding the SWS numbers that the Media were so quick to disseminate (perhaps there is some kind of shadowy agreement at play between the Inquirer.net and the SWS that we can spin conspiracy theories around). Applying their usual lemming-like minds to the task, most Filipinos followed the Inquirer.net‘s lead in focusing on Noynoy’s nine-point lead over Villar. You simply can’t interpret the motive in coming up with a headline that reads “Aquino leads Villar by 9 pts in new poll” any other way. But a few of the more cluey among us stopped to note that Noynoy’s 37% “rating” translates to a whopping 63 percent of the surveyed sample opting not to vote for Noynoy Aquino.
63% of sampled Filipinos will vote against Noynoy Aquino.
Back in a similar survey conducted by the SWS in early December 2009, Noynoy Aquino was given a 46 percent “rating”; that is, 54 percent of surveyed Filipinos at the time preferred to vote against Noynoy Aquino. So in four months since the December survey the no-to-Noynoy vote had gained nine percentage points from 54 percent to the 63 percent of today!
Now that is a cause for celebration — for the forces of progress, that is. Indeed, the Filipino’s renowned Heritage of Smallness continues to rule the vacuous minds of those who latch on to Primitivism Embodied. An inclination to celebrate a measly one-point rise in Noynoy’s “rating” in the face of a nine-point drop in voter approval for his pitch for the presidency is, indeed, small-minded.
According to some “experts” a vote for a candidate who is not winnable is a wasted vote. But of course that is a view taken in a society that does not see The Vote as a noble expression of one’s principles.