How do I get *JUST* the Post rating, No divs, spans, etc... with a template tag.

I want to output just the numeric post rating that you get from wdpv_vote_result(); but without all the markup.
I need to code a conditional statement that says: "if vote result is negative { echo 'negative'; } else {echo 'positive';}

Seems like a very basic feature that should be included in the template tags.

How do i do this?

thanks