VICE President Jejomar Binay topped a platform-based survey conducted by the Philcoman Research Institute Inc. (PCMRII) at the start of the presidential campaign, scoring 27 percent, followed by Sen. Grace Poe who got 21 percent and Sen. MiriamDefensor-Santiago, 18 percent.
Trailing them are Liberal Party standard-bearer Manuel “Mar” Roxas 2nd with 16 percent and Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte, 15 percent.
Ernie Gonzales, a Fellow of the London School of Economics and Political Science and PCMRII director for research, on Monday said their field researchers asked 1,200 respondents at random who they would vote for President based on four important issues: social, political, economic and national security.
“The PCMRII survey differs from the usual popularity surveys conducted by other research organizations. Ours is a nationalist, policy-oriented research study where respondents are asked who of the candidates they think have concrete plans for the country based on the four inter-related important issues,” Gonzales added.
Of the presidential candidates, Binay is the only one with clearly-defined social, economic and national security platforms, where he showed his expertise and policies on anti-terrorism and cybercrime safeguards and eradication, which his office put into action in a series of seminars at the start of his term.
On the persistent issues of plunder and corruption, most respondents believed that the Vice President was merely subjected to prejudgment of guilt by his political enemies to degrade his popularity among the masses and the middle class.
Poe is highly admired among well-to-do respondents but has no anti-poverty, socio-economic and national security platforms, while Santiago is popular among women and college students, but her health is weighing her down.
Sen. Ferdinand Marcos Jr. bested the other vice presidential candidates at 31 percent, eclipsing Sen. Francis “Chiz” Escudero who got 24 percent.
Sen. Gregorio Honasan got 16 percent, Rep. Leni Robredo, 13 percent, Sen. Alan Cayetano, 10 percent and Sen. Antonio Trillanes 4th, six percent.
The respondents found Poe pro-oligarch and lacks concrete socio-economic and national security platforms, while Roxas was adjudged to be pro-elite and has no concrete platform for the masses.
Most of those polled found Duterte confrontational and he has not offered a concrete socio-economic plan at all.
In the vice presidential race, Marcos is the only who has offered concrete solutions to graft
and plunder, the Mindanao problem, the worsening crime situation and foreign affairs.
The respondents said he also brought the campaign to a higher state of civility.
Founded in 1954 as Philcoman and later revitalized as PCMRII, the group is a nationwide non-government federation of professional and technological societies, management development institutions, academics, business entrepreneurs and professional managers dedicated to development of management and improvement of management practices in all aspects of Philippine society.
In the senatorial race, incumbent Sen. Vicente Sotto 3rd led the survey with 51 percent.
He was followed by Sen. Ralph Recto, 49 percent; Leyte Rep. Martin Romualdez, 48 percent; former senator Richard Gordon, 47 percent; Panfilo Lacson, 45 percent; Senate President Franklin Drilon, 43 percent; Sarangani Rep. Manny Pacquiao, 41 percent; Sen. Teofisto Guingona 3rd, 39 percent; Sen. Sergio Osmena 3rd, 37 percent; former senator Miguel Zubiri, 36 percent; former senator Francis Pangilinan, 35 percent; former Tesda director general Joel Villanueva, 31 percent; Rep. Neri Colmenares, 26 percent; Risa Hontiveros, 22 percent; and former Metropolitan Manila Development Authority chief Francis Tolentino, 21 percent.
The PCMRII will release its next survey results by mid-April and the last ones on May 2.