The Institute for Popular Democracy offers some information to aid people in forming their opinion:
•Based on the official result of the May 10, 2004 election, Gloria Macapagal Arroyo (GMA) got 12,905,808 votes while Fernando Poe Jr. (FPJ) got 11,782,232 votes.
•The overall winning margin of GMA over FPJ is 1,123,576 votes.
•Out of the 1,057,458 registered voters in the ARMM only 942,633 voters have actually voted for president (or 89% voters turn out).
•The share of votes by candidate in the ARMM: GMA 59.2%, FPJ 32.1%, Lacson 5.1%, Roco 2.8% and Villanueva 0.8%.
•The winning margin of GMA over FPJ in the ARMM is 256,322 votes.
•In Camarines Norte there are 216,275 registered voters but only 174,755 voters have actually voted for president (or 81% voters turn out).
•GMA lost to FPJ in Camarines Norte. The share of votes of the candidates are: GMA 26.7%, FPJ 40.4%, Lacson 7.6%, Roco 21.7% and Villanueva 3.7%.
•The votes garnered by GMA in ARMM is 558,454 and in Camarines Norte is 46,641.
•Combining the ARMM and Camarines Norte, GMA got 605,095 votes which is 54% of her overall winning margin.