IF the presidential elections were held today, Vice President Jejomar Binay would win hands down, according to the latest Novo Trends survey.
In the survey conducted from March 21 to 26, 2015, 28 percent of the 1,600 respondents in Metro Manila said they would vote for Binay. The rating was statistically the same as the 29.3 percent Binay got in October 2014.
Sen. Grace Poe came second with 19.3 percent, a big jump from the 11.8 percent she got in two Novo Trends survey last year.
Novo Trends, an independent social research company, is headed by Carmelita Ericta, former head of the National Statistics Office.
Sen. Miriam Defensor-Santiago also gained with 10.3 percent voter preference, up from her previous 7.9 percent in October 2014.
Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte also gained five percentage points – climbing to 8.8 percent from his 3.6 percent rating in October 2014.
President Benigno Aquino 3rd, who was ranked second in last year’s survey, lost big. From 13.1 percent, the president’s voters’ preference rating dropped to a dismal 4.4 percent. Interior Secretary Mar Roxas also lost ground in the survey, getting 2.8 percent, down from 3.4 percent in October 2014.
Top pick for vice president
Poe however was the top vice presidential bet. Three out of 10 of the respondents said they would choose the neophyte senator as vice president if elections were held during the survey period.
A far second was Sen. Francis Escudero, who got 12.9 percent.
Sen. Alan Peter Cayetano and Duterte shared third and fourth ranks, with 7.8 and 7.7 percent shares, respectively.
Sen. Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. topped the senatorial survey with 52.5 percent, garnering more than half of the voters’ preference.
He was followed by former senator Panfilo “Ping” Lacson, with 45.6 percent.
Sen. Vicente “Tito” Sotto 3rd obtained 42.6 percent; followed by former senator Richard Gordon with 38 percent; Sen. Franklin Drilon, 37.9 percent; Sen. Ralph Recto, 33.5 percent; former senator Ramon “Jun” Magsaysay, 32.6 percent; Justice Secretary Leila De Lima, 31.7 percent; former senator Francis “Kiko” Pangilinan, 30.9 percent; former Palawan mayor Edward Hagedorn, 28.4 percent; and Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, 28.4 percent.
Also in the top 20 in the senatorial voter preference are Batangas Gov. Vilma Santos, former senator Juan Miguel Zubiri, former senator Consuelo “Jamby” Madrigal, Quezon City Mayor Herbert Bautista, Buhay Party-List Rep. Lito Atienza, Riza Hontiveros, Rep. Leni Robredo of Camarines Sur, Filipino boxing icon and Sarangani Rep. Emmanuel “Manny” Pacquaio and former Customs commissioner Rozanno “Ruffy” Biazon.