Public tired of debates

April 7, 2022 Lee Ann P. Ducusin 90 views

BBM solid lead shows his approach of going directly to people more accepted

THE latest Pulse Asia pre-election survey released on Wednesday confirmed that the influence of tit-for-tat presidential debates on Filipino voter preference continues to decline as the May 9, 2022 polls near.

The March 2022 Ulat ng Bayan published by Pulse Asia on Wednesday morning showed that little has changed in the pre-election numbers of the leading presidential bets despite the conduct of two Commission on Elections (Comelec)- sanctioned debates.

Perennial survey frontrunner Ferdinand ‘Bongbong’ Marcos, Jr. still leads with his 56% voter preference in the survey conducted from March 17 to 21, 2022, and utilized 2,400 respondents.

The survey was conducted almost three weeks following the first presidential debate hosted by media outlet CNN Philippines on February 27, 2022, and the Comelec-organized debate on March 19, 2022.

Despite attending most of the Comelec-sanctioned debates, Leni Robredo languishes in second place with 32 days remaining before the May 9, 2022polls.

Meanwhile, Manila Mayor Isko Moreno is in third with his 8% voter preference which was 2% lower than what he got in the February edition of the survey. Following him are Sen. Manny Pacquiao with 6% and Sen. Ping Lacson with 2%.

In contrast, Marcos Jr. was the only candidate from the top 5 presidential hopefuls who attended the SMNI-organized debate that offered Filipinos a new format that enabled the candidates to present their platforms freely.

The Partido Federal ng Pilipinas (PFP) presidential bet’s solid lead in the most recent pre-election surveys proves that his approach of laying out his platform directly with the people is effective and widely accepted.

Marcos recently conducted a Town Hall meeting in Lambayong in Sultan Kudarat. He discussed his priority programs in Agriculture, Infrasture, Healthcare, Education, and the overall economy with various sectoral representatives.