SWS EXIT POLL | More of the rich and educated say they voted for Duterte
The online news portal of TV5
MANILA - The massive win of Davao City's Mayor Rodrigo Duterte in the presidential race cannot be simplistically framed as just a "revolt", or protest vote of sorts, against the elite by the toiling masses or the working class exhausted by six years of the "manhid at palpak" (insensitive, goofy) under Daang Matuwid.
That, at least, may be gleaned from the partial results of the exit polls conducted for Bilang Pilipino by the Social Weather Stations, which had, thus far, interviewed 62,485 voters from 802 sample voting centers as of 2 a.m. of May 10, 2016.
As the pie chart of the exit polls results shows, nearly half (45.9%) of those who said they voted Duterte came from the A-B-C socioeconomic class; and less than a fifth from the same class (18.9%) said they voted for Mar Roxas, whose image is that of a typical heir or hacendero. Just 16.4% of this class said they picked Grace Poe.
One analyst interviewed on radio had earlier advised commentators to be ready for the fact that many of the rich and influential actually voted for Duterte. The theory: the issue of peace and order is one that resonates with the affluent, who want assurances that a strong leader will prevent crimes against lives and property.
In terms of educational attainment, the exit polls also present a challenge to conventional notions.
Among the exit-poll interviewees who said they had "some high school" education, just a third (33.8%) said they picked Duterte; and 25.7%, Roxas.
But among the college graduates, nearly half (49.2%) picked Duterte, and only a fifth (19.8%) said they voted Roxas – demolishing the notion that the tough-talking, politically incorrect Duterte was voted by the ignorant or uneducated.