SEVENTEEN days before the much-anticipated May 9 elections, presidential frontrunner Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos proved he is still the top choice of Filipino voters as the next leader to replace outgoing President Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte.
This after Marcos got 52.9 % preference rating in the latest MBC-DZRH nationwide survey conducted from April 18 to 19 with 7,560 respondents.
Marcos’ preference rating increased to at least three percent compared to the survey conducted by the DZRH last March 12, when the Partido ng Federal ng Pilipinas standard bearer got 49.8 percent voter preference.
In the latest DZRH survey, BBM’s rival Leni Robredo lagged behind with only 24.3 percent.
Since the latest DZRH survey had more nationwide respondents compared to other pre-election polls, several political analysts are one in saying Bongbong is a sure winner in the May 9 elections.
According to DZRH- MBC director Neriza Nunag , in their latest survey, all the respondents made their choices by filling up a sample ballot .
“Parang tiyak na tiyak na talaga ang panalo ni BBM. Mahirap na siyang gibain sa unang puwesto. Isipin na lang na talagang hindi tulad ng ibang survey na tinatanong lang sa face-to-face o di kaya sa telepono ang mga mga respondents, dito sa DZRH survey ay talagang gumamit sila ng sample ballots,” a statistician comment.
“Ibig sabihin nito ay talagang nag-isip ang mga respondents at iyon nga ang resulta na talagang si BBM pa rin ang pinili nila at ibig sabihin ay hindi na magbabago ang isip nila kahit hanggang sa aktwal na halalan sa Mayo 9,” he added.
The latest survey showed Isko Moreno in third place with 8.2 percent, followed by Manny Pacquiao with 5.8 percent and Ping Lacson with 3.6 percent.
Marcos’ running mate Davao City Mayor Inday Sara Duterte also took the lead in the vice presidential race with 54.2 percent.
Behind her were Tito Sotto, who got 16.9 percent; Kiko Pangilinan na with 15.1 percent; Willie Ong with 6.6 percent and Lito Atienza with 1.1 percent.
The latest MBC-DZRH pre-election survey was the fourth survey conducted by the country’s oldest radio station.
If compared to other surveys by other reputable polling firms, the results are the same — BBM has widened his lead and is the most preferred choice over other presidential candidates.
In the March 17-21 nationwide Pulse Asia Survey with 2,400 respondents, Marcos tallied 56 percent, Robredo with a very distant 24 percent .
With 1,500 respondents to the Publicus survey conducted from March 9-14, Marcos got 55 percent and Robredo with 21 percent.
The OCTA Research, composed of UP professors at other members of the academe, likewise conducted a survey with 1,200 respondents last April which showed Marcos got 57 percent while Robredo got 22percent.
The Laylo survey showed that Marcos got 61 percent while Robredo got only 19 percent.
The March 1-4 Tangere survey, Marcos posted 48.75 percent, Robredo with 17.29 percent.
Even in the survey conducted by the Radio Mindanao Network- Asia Pacific Consortium of Researchers and Educators (RMN-APCORE), the radio station where Robredo has a weekly program, she got 20.7 percent compared to BBM’s 59 percent.
In the survey by the Magdalo Group, a known Robredo ally, from April 5 to 7, it showed Marcos was in the lead with 60.9 percent while Robredo got 23.4 percent.