PRESIDENTIAL frontrunner Bongbong Marcos has kept his double-digit lead over his desperate rival Vice President Leni Robredo in the latest Pulso ng Pilipino pre-poll survey conducted by the Issues and Advocacy Center (The Center).
Marcos posted huge numbers in all the four regions of the country.
The Center conducted a non-commissioned nationwide survey on April 4-15, 2022 with a respondent base of 2,440 covering the NCR, Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao regions.
The survey covered registered voters in all the socio economic classes ABC, D and E that were selected at random with ages ranging from 18 to 65 years old.
The survey showed Marcos and Davao City Mayor Sara Duterte emerging as the most preferred presidential and vice presidential candidates in the scheduled May 9 elections.
Based on the survey conducted from April 4-15, 2022, some 55% said they will vote for Marcos if the elections were held on the dates the survey was conducted.
The Pulso ng Pilipino showed that Marcos practically cornered the public’s perception in all the major geographic areas and socio-economic classes – 59% in the NCR, 48% in Luzon, 53% in the Visayas, and 60% in Mindanao for a national average of 55%.
On the other hand, Vice President Leni Robredo scored 16% in the NCR, 25% in Luzon, 19% in Visayas and 14% in Mindanao for a national average of 18.5%.
Domagoso ranked third at 11.75%, followed by Senator Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquiao, 6%; Senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson at 5%; Leodegario “Ka Leody” De Guzman, 1%, Faisal Mangondato at .375%; former Palace spokesperson Ernesto “Ernie” Abella at .375%; Jose Montemayor Jr. at .125% ; and former Defense chief Norberto Gonzales at .125% while some 1.25% said they are still undecided.
Marcos also cornered the different socio economic classes scoring a high of 52% among those in the ABC class, 51% of those in the D class and 53% of the respondents in the E class the largest block of voters who are registered and qualified to vote in the May 9, 2022 elections.
He enjoys a balanced scorecard across all the socio economic classes and geographic areas. It would be next to impossible for a presidential aspirant or for any candidate to a national position to win without at least posting a decent rating in Mindanao.
The difference between the number of people attending the grand rallies of Vice President Leni Robredo and the survey ratings that she is generating is primarily due to the fact that the participants to these rallies are almost the same people especially if the rallies are accessible by land transport.
“There is simply no spontaneity in these rallies as many of the attendees are bused in,” The Center said.
Notwithstanding the number of people attending the rallies of the Leni-Kiko tandem, the voters’ preferences for Robredo appeared to have already reached the ceilings as her ratings has not approximated the number of people in these rallies
Meanwhile, Duterte led Senate President Vicente ‘Tito’ Sotto III, 50.5% and 27.5%, respectively. Dr. Willie Ong, came in third with 9%, Sen. Kiko Pangilinan is in fourth with 8%, Buhay Party List Representative Joselito Atienza is in fifth with 2% and Lito David with .5%.
If this pattern will hold till election day on May 9, 2022 this will be the first time in a long while that the Philippines will have a president and vice president from the same team. The last time that the country elected a team to occupy the top two elective positions was in 2004 with the election of President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo and Vice President Noli de Castro.
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